Children of National guard troops deployed in the global war on terrorism

Betty Pfefferbaum, J. Brian Houston, Michelle D. Sherman, Ashley G. Melson

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This study examined deployment effects in children and spouses of National Guard troops using a longitudinal design to assess 18 children (ages 6 to 17 years) and 13 nondeployed spouses before, during, and after deployment. Both self- and parent reports revealed that children of deployed service personnel experienced emotional and behavioral symptoms during the deployment of their fathers relative to pre- and post-deployment. The children's worry and uncertainty, along with aspects of family interactions, may give rise to ambiguous loss associated with deployment in military families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

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