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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 7/2019

22-04-2019 | Review Paper

The Mental Health of Military-Connected Children: A Scoping Review

Auteurs: Heidi Cramm, Mary Ann McColl, Alice B. Aiken, Ashley Williams

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 7/2019

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Abstract

Objectives

Children growing up in military families are naturally exposed to certain elements of the military family lifestyle, which has been characterized by a unique triad of mobility, family separation, and risk. The extent to which this lifestyle may affect mental health across developmental phases among those children is unclear. The purpose of this scoping review was to identify and describe the mental health of children growing up in military-connected families across development.

Methods

This scoping review of the available literature was conducted using the Arksey and O’Malley’s five-step structured process.

Results

A total of 3278 articles were found from databases searched (PsycInfo, CINAHL, EMBASE, ERIC, and Medline). A total of 86 were selected for inclusion. Most research was produced in the United States of America (n = 74). Findings endorsed that children’s mental health may be impacted directly and indirectly by the family separation, mobility, and risk associated with the military lifestyle.

Conclusions

The majority of studies examining mental health impacts of family separation and deployment indicate significant deleterious effects on children. Studies examining the impact of mobility indicate mixed findings related to mental health impact, and those investigating risk related to parental injury, PTSD, and civilian parent mental health suggest a negative impact on child mental health.

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Metagegevens
Titel
The Mental Health of Military-Connected Children: A Scoping Review
Auteurs
Heidi Cramm
Mary Ann McColl
Alice B. Aiken
Ashley Williams
Publicatiedatum
22-04-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 7/2019
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01402-y