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ERIC Number: ED518086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 176
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-5181-3
Effects of Soldiers' Deployment on Children's Academic Performance and Behavioral Health. Monograph
Richardson, Amy; Chandra, Anita; Martin, Laurie T.; Setodji, Claude Messan; Hallmark, Bryan W.; Campbell, Nancy F.; Hawkins, Stacy; Grady, Patrick
RAND Corporation
Long and frequent deployments, with short dwell times in between, have placed stresses on Army children and families already challenged by frequent moves and parental absences. RAND Arroyo Center was asked by the Army to examine the effects of parental deployments on children's academic performance as well as their emotional and behavioral well-being in the school setting. The researchers found that children whose parents have deployed 19 months or more since 2001 have modestly lower, statistically different achievement scores compared to those who have experienced less or no parental deployment. This finding held across states and academic subjects; is consistent across rank or component of the soldier, seniority of the soldier, gender of the deploying parent, and gender of the child; and has been stable since 2001. Based on interviews with school staff having experience with children of deployed soldiers and with experts and key stakeholders in behavioral health, the report describes the academic and behavioral health challenges these children face related to deployment, identifies the barriers to addressing these challenges, and offers recommendations to better meet the needs of these children. Appended are: (1) Resources Available to Support Army Families; (2) Methods; (3) Interview Protocols; and (4) Model Results. A bibliography is included. (Contains 5 figures, 16 tables and 12 footnotes.) [This report was prepared for and sponsored by the United States Army.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Arroyo Center