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Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 259–269 | Cite as

Impact of Social Networking Sites on Children in Military Families

  • Austen B. McGuire
  • Ric G. SteeleEmail author
Article

Abstract

Youth in military families experience a relatively unique set of stressors that can put them at risk for numerous psychological and behavior problems. Thus, there is a need to identify potential mechanisms by which children can gain resiliency against these stressors. One potential mechanism that has yet to be empirically studied with military youth is social networking sites (SNSs). SNSs have gained significant popularity among society, especially youth. Given the significance of these communication tools in youths’ lives, it is important to analyze how SNS use may affect military youth and their ability to cope with common military life stressors. The current review examines the potential positive and negative consequences associated with SNS use in coping with three common stressors of youth in military families: parent deployment, frequent relocation, and having a family member with a psychological or physical disability. By drawing from SNS and military literature, we predict that SNS use can be a positive tool for helping children in military families to cope with stressors. However, certain SNS behaviors can potentially result in more negative outcomes. Recommendations for future research are also discussed.

Keywords

Children Social networking sites Military Psycho-social adjustment 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to thank Dr. Jeffrey Hall for his helpful comments and suggestions on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

Funding

This study had no external funding.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

This is a review article, and thus, contains no data from human participants collected by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Child Psychology ProgramUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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