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Type: Journal article
Title: Military deployment: the impact on children and family adjustment and the need for care
Author: McFarlane, A.
Citation: Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 2009; 22(4):369-373
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0951-7367
1473-6578
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McFarlane, Alexander C
Abstract: Purpose of review: Over a million children and their families have now experienced the stress of the deployment of a family member during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whereas there is an extensive clinical literature about the developmental challenges facing children and issues of family adjustment, there is a lack of systematic research. This review summarizes the findings of recent publications. Recent findings: Some veterans develop posttraumatic stress disorder as a consequence of their experiences. This condition drives many of the adverse changes in the families of returning veterans through the effects on intimacy and nurturance in their families of withdrawal, numbing and irritability that are components of posttraumatic stress disorder. There is the more general challenge that all families and children face when a partner/parent deploys of role ambiguity consequent on anxiety that is provoked by the threat that deployed family members experience. A study of Kuwaiti military showed that mothers' anxiety had the greatest impact on the children of deployed fathers, although absence of posttraumatic stress disorder in mothers could mitigate the effects of their fathers' posttraumatic stress disorder. Intervention programs are described, but there is a poverty of their evaluation. Summary: A substantial advantage of focusing on family adjustment is that it can facilitate access to mental healthcare for veterans while assisting families' positive adaptation.
Keywords: Humans; Cross-Sectional Studies; Adaptation, Psychological; Child Reactive Disorders; Combat Disorders; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Family Therapy; Age Factors; Population Dynamics; Child Abuse; Spouse Abuse; Adolescent; Child; Child, Preschool; Military Personnel; Veterans; United States; Family Conflict; Afghan Campaign 2001-; Iraq War, 2003 - 2011
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RMID: 0020090918
DOI: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e32832c9064
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/300403
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