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Children of Deployed Parents at Higher Risk for Alcohol, Drug Use

(4/1/2013)

Children of Deployed Parents at Higher Risk for Alcohol, Drug Use
Science Daily
March 28, 2013

In 2010, almost 2 million American children had at least one parent in active military duty. A new University of Iowa study suggests that deployment of a parent puts these children at an increased risk for drinking alcohol and using drugs.  Using data from a statewide survey of sixth, eighth, and 11th-grade students in Iowa, the researchers found an increase in 30-day alcohol use, binge drinking, using marijuana and other illegal drugs, and misusing prescription drugs among children of deployed or recently returned military parents compared to children in nonmilitary families. The increased risk was consistent across all age groups.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130328125337.htm

 


Keywords: children, deployed, parent, higher, risk, alcohol, drug, use



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