Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 266-277

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Adolescents in Wartime US Military Families: A Developmental Perspective on Challenges and Resources

  • Norweeta G. MilburnAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Nathanson Family Resilience Center, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Email author 
  • , Marguerita LightfootAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), University of California, San Francisco

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Adolescents in wartime US military families are a unique group of young people who are experiencing the usual milestones of adolescent development, including establishing their identities and becoming autonomous, while they face the challenges of military life such as multiple frequent moves, relocation, and parent deployment to combat settings. This paper reviews research on adolescents in wartime US military families, within the context of adolescent development, to identify their behavioral, emotional and academic risk status, and challenges and resources. Recommendations for future research and interventions to foster the healthy development of these adolescents are also provided.


Adolescents Military families Development Risk Resilience