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J Fam Psychol. 2011 Aug;25(4):459-60. doi: 10.1037/a0024569.

An introduction to the special section on U.S. military operations: effects on military members' partners and children.

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Department of Psychology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0267, USA.

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  • J Fam Psychol. 2011 Oct;25(5):769.


The deployment of U.S. military personnel to global hot spots, whether as combatants or as peacekeepers, has increased attention to the psychological well-being of military personnel and their family members. Despite the growing awareness that deployments have reverberating effects on all family members, theoretical explanations and empirical research on the impact of deployment on couple, family, and child adjustment, factors that serve to protect families from the demands of military employment, and effective methods of treating the mental health needs of military families are needed. The seven papers in this section increase our understanding of how the demands of U.S. military operations impact couples, family functioning, parenting, and child psychological adjustment and provide an additional resource for mental health professionals who work with these families.

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