Kids of U.S. combat troops in trouble

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From Reuters:

Behavior problems seen in kids of U.S. combat troops

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been hard not only on U.S. troops sent to fight them but on the young children they have left behind, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Children aged 3 to 5 with a parent deployed to one of the two war zones exhibit more behavioral problems such as aggressiveness than similar children in military families without a parent deployed, according to the study.

More than 2 million U.S. children have had parents deployed to fight in Iraq since 2003 or in Afghanistan since 2001.

“The whole family dynamic changes when one parent is away for a long period,” said Dr. Deborah Frank, one of the researchers.

“And in this case, on top of the usual stresses of separation, even very young children can sense the anxiety that not only is the parent not there but something terrible might happen to them,” Frank said in a telephone interview.

The study by a team from Boston Medical Center and Boston University tracked 169 families with preschool-age children enrolled in military child care facilities in 2007 at a large Marine Corps base, which the researchers declined to identify.

A third of the children in the study had a parent currently deployed, 90 percent of the time the father.

Both parents and child care providers assessed behavior, the researchers wrote in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Thousands of Iraqi workers took to the streets of Basra on 27 October in a protest at massive cuts in salaries demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF): here.

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