Wars' toll on military kids
Children of troops deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq are more likely than other kids to suffer from anxiety when a parent is away and even after the parent returns home, according to new research.
Patricia Lester of UCLA and her colleagues studied 171 families from the Army's Fort Lewis and the Marines' Camp Pendleton in which the mother or the father was on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. About one-third of the children in these families had increased levels of anxiety, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. But more surprisingly, the anxiety tended to persist even after the parent returned home, the researchers found.
The researchers also found an interesting gender difference in how the anxiety manifested itself: Girls were more likely to act out and exhibit disruptive behavior when the parent was deployed. The problems with boys tended to show up after the deployed parent returned home.
The researchers say the findings are important because more military personnel tend to have families than in the past. They hope the findings will help officials design better programs to help parents and their children cope with the emotional effects of military service.
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