Journal of Marriage and Family
This study examined how changes in at‐home parents' mental health and parenting practices related to changes in their children's adjustment throughout the course of a service members' military deployment. Participants included at‐home parents from 114 National Guard families who were interviewed at four different occasions across the deployment cycle. The results revealed changes across the deployment cycle among the following three indicators: parental warmth, depressive symptoms, and children's externalizing behaviors. Changes in parental warmth were associated with changes in children's adjustment. Overall, these findings indicate that during parental separation, at‐home parents' responses to children have important implications for children's adjustment.
Flittner O'Grady, Allison E.; Whiteman, Shawn D.; Cardin, Jean-François; and MacDermid Wadsworth, Shelley M., "Parenting and Youth Adjustment Across Deployment" (2017). Human Development and Family Studies Faculty Publications. Paper 727.