Navigation Links
Teens Face Own Battles When Parent Goes to War

FRIDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Teenage boys who have a parent serving in the military are more likely than civilians' children to binge drink, use drugs and perform poorly in school, a new study suggests.

When a parent goes to war, teenagers' well-being is threatened, and boys may be more at risk than girls, researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health reported.

"There is a lot of research about veterans and active-duty soldiers, and how they cope or struggle when they return from a deployment," study author Sarah C. Reed said in a university news release. "Those studies hit the tip of the iceberg of how families are coping and how their children are doing."

In 2007, nearly 2 million children in the United States had at least one parent serving in the military. Earlier research has found that teens' healthy development, including identifying a sense of self, can be interrupted during a parent's active military service.

Media portrayals of combat and the need to take on additional responsibilities may further affect their ability to cope, the researchers said.

In conducting this study, published online in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers compiled survey data on more than 10,000 teens in 8th, 10th and 12th grades.

They found that 8th grade girls with parents deployed to combat were at risk for depression and suicidal thoughts. Meanwhile, teenage boys in all three grades were more likely to have low quality of life, abuse drugs and alcohol and struggle academically.

"We have to figure out more of what's going on within families and with children, and what's going to be helpful to mitigate the difficult things -- including risky behaviors by adolescents -- that are happening in families," said Reed.

One way to reach the troubled teens of military parents would be to strengthen and streamline support groups targeting this high-risk population, the study concluded.

The researchers said they are working on a follow-up study examining school-based fighting, weapons possession and gang membership among teens who have a deployed parent.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on how to support military children and teens.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Washington, news release, July 21, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Gastric Banding Most Effective for Obese Teens
2. Tired Teens Prone to Car Crashes
3. Teens Might Exercise More If They Think Its Fun
4. Are Latino teens sexual risk takers? Its complicated, researcher says
5. VIDEO from Medialink and Juice Products Association: Teens Who Drink Juice Have Healthier Diets, Eat More Whole Fruit
6. Program could help teens control asthma
7. Julian Krinsky Rolls Out Brand New Fitness Program for Busy Teens
8. Book explains how focus on strengths, not failures, helps teens succeed in school
9. Counteracting teens logo lust
10. Teens Take Risks Just for Kicks
11. Crack and cocaine use a significant HIV risk factor for teens
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Teens Face Own Battles When Parent Goes to War
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... It takes only three to five seconds to make ... the first impression be positive and reflects business values. If a client starts with ... want to return. They will also share their thoughts about a business with others, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... Brillouin Energy Corp. Congress and Government ... of renewable energy technologies capable of producing commercially useful amounts of thermal energy ... WET™ and HHT™ Boiler System reactor core modules were presented to Congress on ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... IN (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... benefits advisory organization, is pleased to welcome Winter-Dent & Company as its newest ... from day one to become a client's most trusted advisor regardless of whether ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 ... ... encourages people across the United States to support their local poison centers through ... been designated as #GivingTuesday: calls it “a day that inspires people to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Serenity Point Rehabilitation, a holistic treatment center for ... with some of the staff members at their recovery center. The videos highlight some ... as some of the things that make their recovery program so unique. , “Making ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... N.Y. , Nov. 24, 2015 Avery ... System, is pleased to announce the appointment of ... Dr. ... pediatric cardiology at Children,s Hospital, Uppsala University, Uppsala and ... From 1984-1986, he was a fellow at the Cardiovascular ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , November 24, 2015 ... --> adds Latest Guidebook for ... of 217 pages published in November 2015 to ... online business intelligence library at . ... of the fastest growing global economies with a ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ... its Board of Directors has declared a special 1 percent ... dividend is payable December 14, 2015, to shareholders of record ... form of additional shares of common stock. ... Board is a strong endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: