The report, by Benjamin Siegel, M.D., Beth Ellen Davis, M.D., and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and Section on Uniformed Services, outlines common issues during wartime deployments and discusses how pediatricians can assess family coping skills and provide anticipatory guidance for the typical cycle of deployment. And it addresses how pediatricians can find appropriate resources and know when to refer for specialized services or care.
“Some military families may be at higher risk of distress, especially if they are young, experiencing a first separation, have recently relocated, include a foreign-born spouse, have young children, are junior enlisted (entry pay level), are single parents, or have children with special needs,” the report points out.
The report is online here. For more on this subject see Psychiatric News here.