Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families

Publication number: 2013-31

Author(s): David Murphey

Publication date: Jul 2013

Doc type: Research Brief

When a parent goes to war, families are deeply affected. Young children may be especially vulnerable to adverse outcomes, because of their emotional dependence on adults and their developing brains’ susceptibility to high levels of stress. Nearly half-a-million children younger than six have an active-duty parent—and some have two.

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