Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science in Social Work

Committee Chair

Dr. Wayne Paris

Second Committee Member

Dr. Alan Lipps

Third Committee Member

Major Kamy Jenkins

Abstract

The Department of Defense created the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) to provide primary and secondary intervention and prevention services to military families to decrease the risks of family maltreatment. This review synthesized literature to reveal how deployment, domestic abuse, mental health, and substance abuse relate to adult and child maltreatment in the armed forces. Systematic review procedures are used to evaluate nine studies meeting inclusion criteria to correlate factors significant in the increased risk of child maltreatment. Based on results, this paper discusses how FAP can effectively provide primary and secondary services by transitioning from a traditional medical model to a public health model using a social-ecological framework. Additionally, this paper suggests a development of a logic model for FAP by reviewing the already suggested logic model that is more risk focused by including intrapersonal vulnerabilities and assets as well as contextual risks and assets. This paper presents strategies to decrease child maltreatment by identifying the risks, intervening efficiently, and providing adequate primary and secondary services as soon as risks are present compared to once abuse is completed.

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