Priority Populations

Military Children and Families

This issue of Future of Children (Volume 23, Number 2, Fall 2013) seeks to integrate existing knowledge about the children and families of today’s United States military; to identify what we know (and don’t know) about their strengths and the challenges they face, as well as the programs that serve them; to specify directions for future research; and to illuminate the evidence (or lack thereof) behind current and future policies and programs that serve these children and families. At the same time, the editors highlight how research on nonmilitary children and families can help us understand their military-connected counterparts and, in turn, how research on military children can contribute both to a general understanding of human development and to our knowledge of other populations of American children.

Executive Summary 

Full Journal Contents

Military Children and Families: Introducing the Issue - Colonel Stephen J. Cozza (U.S. Army, Retired) and Richard M. Lerner

The Demographics of Military Children and Families - Molly Clever and David R. Segal

Economic Conditions of Military Families - James Hosek and Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

Military Children from Birth to Five Years - Joy D. Osofsky and Lieutenant Colonel Molinda M. Chartrand (U.S. Air Force)

Child Care and Other Support Programs - Major Latosha Floyd (U.S. Army) and Deborah A. Phillips

Resilience among Military Youth - M. Ann Easterbrooks, Kenneth Ginsburg, and Richard M. Lerner

How Wartime Military Service Affects Children and Families - Patricia Lester and Lieutenant Colonel Eric Flake (U.S. Air Force)

When a Parent Is Injured or Killed in Combat - Allison K. Holmes, Paula K. Rauch, and Colonel Stephen J. Cozza (U.S. Army, Retired)

Building Communities of Care for Military Children and Families - Harold Kudler and Colonel Rebecca I. Porter (U.S. Army)

Unlocking Insights about Military Children and Families - Anita Chandra and Andrew S. London

Afterword: What We Can Learn from Military Children and Families - Ann S. Masten