A study that would be published on Monday has stated that young children in families of military personnel are 10% more likely to pay a visit to a doctor for a mental problem, when their parent is deployed, in contrast to when the parent is not deployed. The study has been slated to be the most deeply researched study, related to the use of health insurance among such families during the wartime.
The most common health concerns during this period of time were usually related to acting out at school or anxiety. However, in contrast the study also noted that problems related to the physical health of the children decreased.
While talking about the study, a Psychologist at the University of California, Benjamin Karney stated that the study gave an excellent understanding of what was happening to these children, when their parent was deployed during the wartime.
The study was led by Dr. Gregory H. Gorman and would appear in the journal Pediatrics. The number of people, who participated in the study, amounted to 642,397 children, who were between the ages of 3 to8-years old. In the study, a comparison was made between the number of visits the children made to the doctor between the years 2006 and 2007.
Following the comparison, it was found that children went to a doctor 6 times in a month, I relation to a physical problem. While, it was also discovered that children, went to a mental practitioner, once in two, years, with the number rising during the deployment of the parent.