Part I. Introduction
Research Methods Module
California State University, Long Beach
June 29, 2018
Since 9/11 the U.S. has been involved in a series of wars (Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom) resulting in more frequent and longer deployment for military families. In the U.S. there are approximately 1.2 military children and at least 700,000 of them had a parent deployed (Profile of the Military Community, 2018). Of the total 1.2 million about 7 out of every 1,000 children were reported to have experienced maltreatment or neglect (Child Abuse, 2018). In California there are approximately 66,128 military families with children (Profile of the Military Community, 2018), making it the state with the highest concentration in the nation for service members with families. Several studies suggest that the number of under reported child neglect incidents among military is due to a disconnect between social services agencies and the information provided to military installations due to confidentiality breach issues and/or misunderstandings (Child Abuse, 2018). The disconnect between the military and social service agencies creates a financial barrier on already overwhelmed social service system, where the military has sufficient resources to address those needs. The purpose of this proposal is to help identify what areas of child neglect most frequently go unreported, underreported and the additional barriers that contribute to child neglect in today’s military families.
1. Child Welfare Outcomes 2015. (n.d.). Retrieved June 25, 2018, from
2. Profile of the Military Community. (n.d.). Retrieved June 25, 2018, from