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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2015 Feb;28(1):23-34. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12099. Epub 2015 Jan 29.

Military deployment and reintegration: a systematic review of child coping.

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Seattle, WA, USA.

Abstract

TOPIC:

Child coping with parent military deployment and family reintegration.

PURPOSE:

A systematic review of research literature was conducted to examine the effects of deployment and family reintegration on children in military families.

SOURCES USED:

A search of CINAHL, PubMed, Psyc-INFO, and SocINDEX databases was performed using the terms "military family," "military child," "child coping," "deployment," and "reintegration." The search was limited to publications between 2001 and 2014 to focus on the effects of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Twenty-seven research reports met inclusion criteria.

CONCLUSIONS:

Three themes were extracted: A child's coping is influenced by (a) the child's age and development, (b) the mental health and coping of the non-deployed parent during deployment, and the mental health of both parents during family reintegration, and (c) the pre-existing resilience/vulnerability, cumulative risks, and resources of the child and family.

KEYWORDS:

Child coping; deployment; military child; military family; reintegration

PMID:
25631388
DOI:
10.1111/jcap.12099
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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