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November 2015Vol. 16, No. 8Resiliency of Military Children and Families

Children and families of military personnel and veterans face significant developmental and resiliency challenges. Many families experience multiple relocations, parental deployments, and postdeployment challenges such as posttraumatic stress disorder, the need for rehabilitation due to physical injuries, and traumatic brain injury, that make reunification and reintegration into the family particularly difficult for children, potentially with long-term impact. A recent issue of the Society for Research in Child Development's Social Policy Report offers an evaluation and recommendations for continued improvements to policies and programs that promote positive health and development in military children and families.

This report asserts that there is a need for more research on the resiliency of children who have been impacted by military deployments and reunifications because current knowledge is insufficient for the development of programs that are effective in addressing risk factors and providing appropriate support. This report offers information on a number of concerns related to military families, such as the following:

  • Parents injured or killed in combat
  • Wartime military service impact on children and families
  • Child care and other support programs
  • Establishing communities of care for military families

Read the report, entitled Military and Veteran Families and Children: Policies and Programs for Health Maintenance and Positive Development, at (298 KB).

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