Findings among army researchers, many of whom have published their work on Army Knowledge Online (AKO), have consistently shown that children are affected negatively by the deployment of their parents to Iraq or, for that matter, any war. This is cause for great concern as the War on Terror could go on for many, many years to come. However, since it is known in general what the negative effects on children are, strategies and techniques have been formulated to offset the damage done to children. Some of the questions that remain to be answered follow: At what ages are children most vulnerable to the negative impacts of deployment? What family systems are more vulnerable to the negative effects of deployment? What are the attitudes of children towards the stay behind parent? What is the impact of the length of the parents’ marriage on the stability of children during deployment? Answers to these questions and others can help to narrow the focus for intensive treatment of those families in need. It is understood that, although the identified patient is the child, everyone in the family is likely symptomatic.
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Blount, J. (2006). Support Groups For Children Whose Parents Have Deployed To Iraq. Perspectives In Learning, 7 (1). Retrieved from http://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol7/iss1/8