Behavior: Army Families

More troubled than most?

Growing up in a military family can be dangerous to your mental health.

So says Beaumont, Texas, Psychiatrist Don M. LaGrone. Writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, LaGrone says that alcoholism is high in military families, child abuse is five times the national average, and Army brats are brought in for psychiatric treatment in unusually high numbers. During his two-year stint at an unidentified Midwestern military base, LaGrone reported, 12% of all children and adolescents on the base came to his clinic for psychiatric help. Of these, 4% were diagnosed as psychotic.

Military families are ripe for trouble,...

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