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Deployment and child abuse and neglect: Understanding the data

APA Citation:

Gunty, A., Richmond, A., Lu, Z., Otto, M., Williams, R., Jaeger, E.,...Borden, L. M. (2016). Deployment and child abuse and neglect: Understanding the data. Report submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Abstract Created by REACH:

The examination of rates of child abuse and neglect in military families generally and during the deployment cycle specifically as well as the exploration of general risk and protective factors have significant implications for policies, programs, and future research. Policies and programs can work to establish best practices, disseminate knowledge, and support military families when they most need it. More research is needed to establish a thorough understanding of the existence of abuse and neglect within military families at all times, including during the deployment cycle. This report summarizes an extensive literature search of multiple databases and search engines to provide a thorough analysis of six peer-reviewed, empirical studies of the direct association between deployment and child abuse and neglect in U.S. Military families.


Child maltreatment

Branch of Service:

Air Force
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Multiple branches

Military Affiliation:

Active Duty

Subject Affiliation:

Active duty service member
Child of a service member or veteran
Military families


Childhood (birth - 12 yrs)
Neonatal (birth - 1 mo)
Infancy (2 - 23 mo)
Preschool age (2 -5 yrs)
School age (6 - 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 - 17 yrs)


Review of Literature


Borden, Lynne M., Gunty, Amy, Jaeger, Emily, Lu, Zihui, Otto, Mark, Richmond, Adeya, Roeske, Rachel, Wilcox, Shelby, Williams, Rhiannon

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization:

The Military REACH Team

Publication Type:

REACH Publication

Author Affiliation:

Department of Family Social Science, The University of Minnesota, LMB


The University of Minnesota

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Research Report


Developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense’s Office of Family Policy, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture under The University of Minnesota Award No. 2013-48710-21515.

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