Maternal Perspectives on Deployment and Child-Mother Relationships in Military Families

Posada, Germán, Walker, David Ian, Cardin, Jean-François, Nyaronga, Dan, Schwarz, Rona and Wadsworth, Shelley MacDermid (2015) Maternal Perspectives on Deployment and Child-Mother Relationships in Military Families. Family Relations, 64 (5). pp. 651-664. ISSN 0197-6664

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Using survey data from 292 mothers married to members of the U.S. military, the authors examined relations among military deployment factors, quality of maternal care, and child attachment behavior with the mother. The results revealed that maternal perceptions of quality of care, mothers' depressive symptoms, and fathers' involvement when not deployed were significantly associated with children's attachment behavior. In addition, fathers' combat exposure was negatively associated with children's attachment behavior. Mothers' quality of care partially mediated the association between fathers' involvement and children's attachment behavior as well as the association between mothers' depressive symptoms and children's attachment behavior. A notable finding of this study was that deployment-related factors were both directly and indirectly related to children's attachment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment behavior; deployment; father involvement; maternal quality of care; military families
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 15:32
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 04:46

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