Violence More Common Among Kids Of Combat Veterans

Researchers say the children of military parents deployed overseas are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights. And that includes the daughters.

The new study is considered the first of its kind to focus on those affected by deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Conducted in Washington state, it compared the behavior of kids in military families to children in non-military families. The research was gleaned from a 2008 questionnaire of about 10,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades.

The rate of boys from deployed families involved in violent behaviors was twice as high as for girls in deployed families. But experts say the findings contradict the traditional view that girls under stress exhibit "internalizing" behaviors, like becoming depressed or thinking about suicide, while boys are the ones who "externalize" through violent behavior

Last year, nearly 2 million U.S. children had at least one parent serving in the military.

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  • by Kristen Location: New Bern on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    I totally agree with you Mike. It does make sense in a way but more research should have been done on this subject before it was released. My husband deploys at least once a year and that not counting the times that he's gone for training. I've seen my children act out because their father wasn't around but there is a way to deal with that kind of behavior before it escalates to becoming a problem. Im not placing blame or criticizing parenting skills here, but it takes time, patience and communication, whether their children of veterans or not.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    I take research results with a grain of salt. This makes some type of logical sense to me. Have served. If I may. I wish they would do some comparisons though. 8 year old with deployed mom or dad for 1 year to a war zone. How is it say to a 8 year old of divorced/ seperated parents. Let's go one step more and compare the 8 year olds that have 1 or both parents hooked on alcohol/drugs that when they are under the house roof are passed out on the couch. I have been blessed that each job I held with odd hours all 3 of my kids and I made at least phone contact to say good morning and do well at school. If I was on the road in my truck I pulled of the lanes to wait. 0730 5 M-F. Now when I was deployed it was differant. But a father/mother can live together under one roof and just not give a _______ about their offspring. It is sad but true.

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