Our Work: Children and Families

Study, research, and intervention on the impact of war including deployment stress, parenting and family function, and the impact of war injuries on military children and families is one of the main bodies of Center’s work. The Center actively conducts research programs, education of military and civilian leadership, and consultation to diverse stakeholders in children’s health and welfare including national media outlets, professional organizations.  The work of the Center’s Child and Family Program (CFP) is especially focused on the impact of war including deployment stress, parenting and family function, and the impact of war injuries on military children and families.

Military children and families face many challenges related to the extended and multiple deployments of service member parents. Repeated deployments, single parenting and the distress of separation can affect marital and parent/child relationships.  These may contribute to the increased rates of military child maltreatment and neglect recently reported in the scientific literature. Military families may also be faced with service member injury, illness (e.g. PTSD and other combat stress disorders) or death. The family-related consequences of amputation, paralysis, burns, other disfigurement or traumatic brain injury are also significant.  The Center’s CFP is engaged in pioneering research and development and dissemination of educational resources for service providers, service members and families.