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In this paper, we use data from the Military Child in Hawaii Study (MCHS) to analyze the relationship between parental deployment and three dimensions of child adjustment: educational progress, behavior problems, and emotional well-being. The MCHS is a multi-method study of military families with school age (10-17) children conducted between 2010 and 2012. By design, the MCHS focused on children’s education and well-being. The study includes all branches of the military and Hawaii’s role as a point of departure for deployment means that a large fraction of study participants have experienced deployment. The quantitative component of the study includes a parent survey containing 1,479 respondents and a child survey with 181 respondents. These data include 117 parent-child dyads. The qualitative component includes 31 focus groups with parents (both male and female, both civilian spouses and military members) and 22 focus groups with children.
We use these data to examine the relationship between parental deployment and the three dimensions of children’s adjustment, including educational outcomes, behavior, and well-being. We assess the impact of multiple deployments. We then examine several factors that we expect to mediate or moderate the relationship between parental deployment and child adjustment, including impact of deployment on civilian parent and community integration. Preliminary analyses suggest that deployment is negatively related to child well-being; however, community integration may mediate some of the adverse consequences of deployment.