The Future of Children: The Youngest in Military Families 01-08-15

Joy Osofsky and Molinda Chartrand wrote a terrific article on the youngest military children. Shana Adler brought the article to our attention.

The article was produced under the auspices of a think tank called The Future of Children (futureofchildren.org) This project is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.  Its mission is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy.  

Osofsky and Molinda address the impact of military family life on very young children, zero to five.  They point out that research on military family life and children has mostly focused on school-aged kids. But they use established knowledge about development and attachment to understand the impact of parental deployment on very young children and they propose solid principles for crafting policy and intervention strategies.  Among the topics covered are separation from the deployed parent (and finding novel ways to help children connect with the absent parent) and ways to help the at home parent cope with the stress of deployment.  The article ends with delineation of 10 themes that orient policy makers and program planners to meeting the needs of this vulnerable population.

The website is worth a visit and this particular article is definitely worth a read.

Click here to read the article: http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/Chapter%203.pdf

--Prudy Gourguechon