Research on Child Abuse in the U.S. Armed Forces

Heather Chamberlain, Valerie Stander, Lex L. Merrill
2003 Military medicine  
Child maltreatment in the United States has provoked considerable interest in recent years. Child abuse and neglect are prevalent in all parts of American society. Although children of military personnel experience maltreatment, little research has been completed that compares child abuse rates in the military with those for civilian populations. Studies that have assessed child abuse in the armed forces have been based on official reports recorded in military Family Advocacy central
more » ... Because a standardized method for recording child abuse does not exist, conclusions regarding the prevalence of abuse are often inaccurate. We explore this and other methodological constraints that make estimating child abuse accurately difficult. A review of the literature also reveals that there are many correlates of child abuse unique to the military family. Finally, we discuss both the risk and protective fact~rs within military life that may influence the occurrence of child maltreatment.
doi:10.1093/milmed/168.3.257 pmid:12685695 fatcat:mrjiiz2z6rfahftqvet3bpcvny