11/08/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests the deployment of parents to war zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan may impact the mental health of their children. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found that kids whose parents have been deployed require outpatient medical visits more than those whose parents have not been, for treatments such as anxiety or adjustment disorders.
Lead researcher Dr. Gregory Gorman, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “It’s statistically significant, but I also think it’s clinically significant… These are also probably the worst cases.”
Rick Olson, a retired Army general and director of strategic communications for the Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Proponency in Fort Lewis, Washington is further quoted as stating of the issue, “There are statistics that show how multiple and extended deployments are causing increased problems in terms of the behavioral health of our kids… We hear that all the time from our commanders.”
More information about the study may be found in Pediatrics journal.
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