This editorial provides an overview of key topics and ideas related to understanding what we know about military families living with a dependent with Special Education Needs and/or Disability (SEND).
Military families research has enjoyed a resurgence in the past decade, leading to an improved understanding of the unique stressors associated with military family life. Exposures such as parental separation, frequent family re-location, increased risk of paternal common mental health disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, or alcohol misuse have been widely investigated leading to an evidence-base that has informed effective policy-making and intervention. However, this proliferation of research has not extended to include those families with a dependent who has Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND).
Taylor-Beirne, S., Fear, N. T., 2021. UK military families with a dependent who has Special Education Needs and/or Disability (SEND): a forgotten subpopulation? BMJ Military Health. doi:10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001709.