The effect of multiple deployments on military families: a cross sectional study of health and wellbeing of partners and children.

McGuire, Annabel C. L. and Kanesarajah, Jeeva and Runge, Catherine E. and Ireland, Renee and Waller, Michael and Dobson, Annette J. (2016) The effect of multiple deployments on military families: a cross sectional study of health and wellbeing of partners and children. Military Medicine, 181 (4). pp. 319-327. ISSN 0026-4075

Abstract

This study explored the impact of multiple deployments on the health and wellbeing of the partners (married or de facto) and children of Australian military personnel who have deployed frequently. Permission to contact military partners was sought from a sample of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. Partners provided data on deployment history, physical health, mental health, and their children's emotions and behaviours. Associations between multiple deployments and health and wellbeing of partners and children were assessed using logistic regression. Data was collected from 1332 ADF partners (response rate 36%) with 1095 children aged between four and 17 years. Almost half (47%) of partners had experienced more than one deployment, mainly to Timor Leste, Iraq, and Afghanistan. There was little evidence of associations between numbers of deployments and the health of the partner. In contrast, more behavioural problems were reported for children who experienced two or more deployments with odds ratios generally greater than two and significant trends with increasing numbers of deployment. While military families who experience multiple deployments may, by selection, be more resilient than those who have fewer deployments, these results suggest that adverse impacts on the children may accrue with increasing parental absences due to deployment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 23:47
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 04:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: military families; deployment; child wellbeing; mental health; physical health
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00310
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29979

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