A new, one-of-a-kind, study — by researchers at the University of New Brunswick — suggests that war has distinct negative effects on youths from military families.
The study, lead by University of New Brunswick researcher Deborah Harrison, delves into the minds of adolescents attending Oromocto High School. The small town of Oromocto, N.B. was chosen for its close proximity to the Canadian Forces Base of Gagetown—which is one of the largest military training facilities in Canada.
Dr. Harrison and her team discovered that students from military families were not only more susceptible physiological stress, but were also more inclined to take on the emotional burden that the remaining parent was feeling.
“We found that family life was almost always negatively affected by an injured parent’s symptoms of anger and depression,” said Dr. Harrison. Students also “reported feeling very isolated,” with the results showing that “adolescent girls in particular . . . → Read More: Think of the children: Unrealized repercussions on adolescents of military families
Credit: Royal Military College of Canada
As many Canadians have been lucky enough not to be personally exposed to the challenges and demands of military service, it can be easy to overlook that those that serve in the military face unique health needs that require special attention. Fortunately for Canadian military personal, Veterans and their families, a new program is now being launched to address these unique needs.
The new Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) will work to improve the health and physical, mental and social well-being of those involved with the Canadian military. Led by an initiative from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada, the CIMVHR will work with university researchers across Canada and military and Veteran organizations to undertake more efficient and coordinated research programs related to military and veteran health.
The CIMVHR is the first coordinated national research . . . → Read More: Taking care of those who take care of us: Canada’s first military and Veteran health research network