POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 8:17am
UPDATED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 9:11am
A new military study suggests children of deployed parents often struggle with their parent's absence.
Researchers found military children between three and eight years old made 18-percent more trips to the doctor for behavior problems when a parent was serving a tour of duty compared to when the parent was home.
They made 19-percent more doctor visits for stress disorders.
These findings are significant because while military doctors are aware of the burden on these children, civilian physicians treat two-thirds of military kids.
This study focused on all branches of the service.