Military families may experience unique behavioral health concerns due to stressors such as deployment, relocation, injury, and exposure to combat while deployed, which can lead to mental and physical injuries and trauma. The stressors and experiences of military life and deployment can affect a family in areas such as readjustment before and after a deployment, handling finances, parenting, and coping with long separations under life and death circumstances. The following resources provide information to help support the mental and behavioral health of military children and their families.
Keeping the Promise: Maintaining the Health of Military and Veteran Families and Children (PDF - 590 KB)
Cozza, Haskins, & Lerner (2013)
The Future of Children, Fall Policy Brief
Discusses the deployment of military personnel and its possible consequences, such as physical injury, psychological trauma, or death. This resource explores the potential strain and anxiety on children and families as a result of these conditions.
NASW Standards for Social Work With Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Presents a resource for social workers, including clinical social workers providing mental and behavioral health services, direct practitioners in social service, and advocates. The standards were designed to help workers understand the skills, methods, and values needed to work with service members and their families.
Veterans and Military Resource Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness
References resources and partnerships dedicated to mental health policy, education, advocacy, and other initiatives that are specific to active duty military and veterans with mental health concerns and their families.
Views From the Homefront: The Experiences of Youth and Spouses From Military Families (PDF - 680 KB)
Chandra, Lara-Cinisomo, Jaycox, Tanielian, Han, Burns, & Ruder (2011)
Presents a longitudinal study of the behavioral and emotional well-being of a sample of military families and examines the overall well-being of children and youth of parents that have been deployed for military service. The study explores factors that contribute to greater incidents of youth and caregiver difficulties.