Study Finds Military Kids at Greater Risk Than Peers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In the news now is a report based on a survey in Southern California. Steve Smith, a reporter for Medical Daily, had this to say about the findings in his article, “It was also self-reported, which led the authors to believe that the students who’d responded may not have been as truthful as the researchers would have hoped.”

The scale of the study led to the conclusion that efforts in civilian schools and communities could help promote resilience among military children who may cope differently. Smith says, “That non-traditional way may lead to a higher prevalence of adverse outcomes when compared to non-military peers. According to a new study, war-related stressors—separation from parents because of deployment, frequent relocation, and worrying about future deployments—may be the cause of adverse outcomes, even if young children in military families grow up resilient.”

The positive result is the possibility of more awareness and the need for additional research on a larger scale. We should take the time to look around our families, installations, and larger military communities and find ways to help, if needed.

Military children are the most adaptable and resilient members of our community, but they also need our care, attention and support. We stand stronger together.

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