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Mil Med. 1995 Mar;160(3):104-6.

The effect of father absence on the psychiatric hospitalization of Navy children.

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University of North Florida, Jacksonville, USA.


Some Navy families are subject to unusual stress in that the active duty parent may be deployed for several months at a time. This study examined children and adolescents from Navy and civilian families who were admitted to a private psychiatric hospital. Deployment of the father placed Navy children and adolescents at risk for psychiatric hospitalization, but mainly in non-intact families where step-parents or single parents were present. Deployment may strain an already vulnerable family structure in selected Navy families.

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