MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Mental and behavioral problems cause children of U.S. soldiers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones to need considerably more outpatient medical visits than those with non-deployed parents, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined the medical records of more than 640,000 military children between the ages of 3 and 8, and found that those separated from deployed parents sought treatment 11 percent more often for cases of mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders. Visits for conditions such as autism and attention-deficit disorder, whose causes are not linked to deployment, also increased.
The study, reported online Nov. 8 and in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics, also revealed larger increases in mental and behavioral visits among older children, children with military fathers and children of married military parents.
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:49 AM on Nov. 8, 2010
I think their Mom's attitude and behavior influences the kids.
While I agree.. It isn't just moms. Our neighbor is a father of a 3 year old son who's wife (DR deployed to Afghanistan) has been deployed for 11 months.
A strong Key Spouse can help pick up some clues that the spouse of a deployed soldier is in need of extra support/programs. Can't make them participate, but can let them know help IS available.. I have seen on more than one occassion where a spouse closes up in their home when their deployed spouse leaves. That can have a serious negative impact on the children's development.. Mind Body, and Soul...
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