Home Health Parents News Now Kids of Military Personnel Face Elevated Emotional Risk Kids of Military Personnel Face Elevated Emotional Risk By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 25, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_111838493 30431 David Murphey, the author of Child Trend's study "Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families," told the Washington Post that this particular group of children is facing emotional obstacles that could develop into more serious long-term issues. "We're concerned that children exposed to stressful events, particularly traumatic stressful events, will have difficulty learning to cope with emotions, to do well socially and academically, and even have problems with their physical health," he said. "As these younger children grow up, we can expect there will be at least a subset of them that will face very substantial problems." Murphey explains the delicate nature of these young children's mental development in a recent Child Trends video. "It could be the accumulation of those stresses as well as a single overwhelming stress that can lead to really lasting changes in the developing brain that can have negative implications for development further down the line," he said. Image: Military family, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Kids of Military Personnel Face Elevated Emotional Risk Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.