This study assesses the association between a spouse’s military deployment and adverse birth outcomes, and concluded that the effect of a spouse’s deployment on adverse birth outcomes can vary by maternal age. Given that a deployment during pregnancy or delivery can negatively affect the mother and baby, policymakers might allocate funds for additional research on the needs of expectant mothers with a deployed spouse. Future work in this field should further evaluate maternal age and number of children as modifiers of the association between these variables.
Spieker, A., Schiff, M. A., & Davis, B. E. (2016). Spousal military deployment during pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes. Military Medicine, 181(3), 243–249. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00371
Maternal and Child Health | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Women's Health
Military families, Spouses, Deployment, Health and wellness, Women's health, Research brief
Military spouses; Women; Health; Deployment (Strategy)
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Spousal Military Deployment during Pregnancy and Adverse Birth Outcomes"" (2016). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 361.
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