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Kids of Deployed Military Personnel More Prone to Mental Problems

Children of US military personnel deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan are more prone to suffering from psychiatric problems, which may even need hospitalization, indicates a recent study. Researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences analyzed more than 375,000 kids, aged between 9 and 17 years, whose parents served abroad between 2007 to 2009.

These kids faced a 10% higher risk of being hospitalized for mental problems. These findings were revealed recently at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association held at Honolulu. Children whose parents served abroad for more than six months were most likely to be impacted.

The researchers indicate that children of active military personnel need to be monitored for their mental health. The parents and doctors of such children need to be aware of this mental risk to better diagnose and treat mental problems, if they arise.

Previous research had revealed that kids of deployed parents experienced behavioral problems and increased anxiety. Other researches have discovered that both the deployed military person and their spouse face mental health problems, which could trickle down to their kids.

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