Military Children: The Effects of Deployment during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom on Children's Psychosocial Well-Being

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 11:30 AM
Room: Booth 50
Oral Presentation
Donabelle C. HESS , Airman & Family Readiness Flight, US Department of the Air Force, AE
More than half of military personnel have children and nearly 2 million children are affected by the war in Afghanistan and recently terminated war in Iraq (Quigley 2009).  Not only are members faced with the demanding obligations of the military, children are also challenged by the disruptions and stress of military life.  Family disruptions are never an easy transition for any child.  For those children whose parents served in Iraq and/or currently serving in Afghanistan, family disruptions may have a significant impact in their lives.  This study is investigating the psychosocial well-being of children with a parent deployed in Iraq/Afghanistan, location categorized as hostile zones, with the psychosocial well-being of children with a parent deployed elsewhere.

Quigley, Samantha L. 2009. “DoD Works to Lessen Impact of Deployments on Children,” American Forces Press Service, June 22.