Children of deployed soldiers may be at a higher risk for emotional, physical, and sexual abuse than children of soldiers who aren’t deployed, a study suggests.
The report, published in the May 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that the rate of child abuse in military families doubled after October 2002, when many U.S. soldiers were deployed overseas. Both departures to and returns from deployment were associated with with a rise in child-abuse rates, according to the study. Information was analyzed from a Texas database of verified child-abuse cases from 2000 to 2003.
A version of this article appeared in the May 16, 2007 edition of Education Week