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(p. 294) Helping the Child Cope With Injury to the Parent 

(p. 294) Helping the Child Cope With Injury to the Parent
(p. 294) Helping the Child Cope With Injury to the Parent

Kay Allensworth

and Alice Ann Holland

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date: 19 October 2020

Injury to a service member can be an extremely traumatic event, and the effect on his or her family can be far-reaching, especially in the case of children. The estimated 30,000–40,000 children of such combat-injured parents are at higher risk for psychological distress, highlighting a clear need for psychological assessment and treatment. This chapter reviews the literature regarding the psychological functioning of children of injured service members, particularly those service members that have experienced traumatic brain injury, physical injury from improvised explosive devices, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. Best practice guidelines for the psychological assessment and treatment of children of such service members are discussed, with particular consideration given to the importance of a developmental perspective and a family systems approach.

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