The Impact of Maternal and Paternal Deployment on Depressive Symptoms and Well-Being Among Military-Connected Youth

Kathrine Sullivan, Rami Benbenishty, Ron Avi Astor, Gordon Capp, Tamika D. Gilreath, Eric Rice

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines how military parents’ gender moderates the association between deployments and well-being and depression among military-connected youth. Methods: Secondary analyses were run on 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey data from 1,370 military-connected adolescents. Results: For depression, we found a significant interaction between deployments and parents’ gender (β =.10, p = 0.0208). The relationship between deployment and depression is stronger for children of female service members. We also found a significant association between two or more deployments and well-being (β = 0.24, p = 0.0049). Discussion: Children of female service members may be at greater risk of psychosocial morbidity. Further, youth well-being may increase during/ following deployments, perhaps suggesting resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages8
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • California Health Kids Survey
  • deployment
  • female service members
  • mental health
  • military families
  • Military-connected youth
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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