How Military Life Affects Us All: the Mental Health of Military Children

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Date
2016-11
Authors
Stelnicki, Andrea M.
Schwartz, Kelly D.
Keyword
Military , Family , Children , Mental health
Abstract
In Canada over 64,000 children under the age of 18 have at least one parent in active military service. Military families experience unique life events that can have an impact on the mental health of the children. While progress is being made in Canada in the area of resilience training that includes family members, research indicates that when service members experience psychological trauma there can be concurrent impacts on the mental health of the children. Supports for military spouses are important factors in maintaining positive mental health in military children.