Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Kids of War

posted by Michele Olson

Imagine the stress kids in today’s world experience. Now imagine those kids having a parent deployed in a war zone. That very deployment can put those kids at “high risk” for problems according to a new study by military doctors and researchers published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and reported on CNN.com

The number of children found to be at high-risk for psychological problems is more than 2 ½ times the national level and higher than historical military samples.

Another factor is the high stress level experienced by the spouse of a deployed military person, which has significant impact on the kids. Gulf war studies showed that problems can last for six months to a year….though admittedly it’s hard to “compare wars” with so much re-deployment in the current conflict.

thinkmarriage.org is proud to be working with some military families in Wisconsin with some of our programs that involve the whole family and teach conflict resolution and communication skills.

Do you know a military family? Even if someone is not asking for help…see if you can be a listening ear or a much needed person who can help ease the burden that these families face.

Considering what they are doing for us…it’s not too much to ask.

Are you a military family experiencing this kind of stress? What has your experience been?

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