Kupper Article in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Dr. Lawrence Kupper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, was the lead biostatistician and co-author of an article recently published in the August 1, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article, entitled “Child Maltreatment in Enlisted Soldiers’ Families During Combat-Related Deployments”, was featured on the front page of USA Today and was described in several national publications and on the nationally syndicated radio show All Things Considered. Other co-authors were Dr. Sandra Martin, Professor in the Department of Maternal & Child Health, and Deborah Gibbs and Ruby Johnson of RTI International. The study compares the rates of child abuse and neglect among nearly 2,000 Army families while enlisted soldiers were at home and while they were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for combat operations between late 2001 and the end of 2004. The study was funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. According to the study, female civilian parents were those most frequently responsible for child abuse and neglect while their soldier-spouses were deployed. In such families, the rate of emotional and physical abuse was more than three times greater than when the husband was at home. The rate of child neglect, in which parents fail to properly care for their children, was nearly four times higher in such families.