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

German Posada, David Walker, Jean-Francois Cardin

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    Abstract

    Using survey data from 292 mothers married to members of the U.S. military, this study examined relations among military deployment factors, quality of maternal care, and child attachment behavior with mother. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)651–664
    JournalFamily Relations
    Volume64
    Issue number5
    Early online date9 Dec 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

    Keywords

    • attachment behavior
    • deployment
    • father involvement
    • maternal quality of care
    • military families

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