The effect of father absence on the psychiatric hospitalization of Navy children

Mil Med. 1995 Mar;160(3):104-6.


Some Navy families are subject to unusual stress in that the active duty parent may be deployed for several months at a time. This study examined children and adolescents from Navy and civilian families who were admitted to a private psychiatric hospital. Deployment of the father placed Navy children and adolescents at risk for psychiatric hospitalization, but mainly in non-intact families where step-parents or single parents were present. Deployment may strain an already vulnerable family structure in selected Navy families.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Naval Medicine
  • Paternal Deprivation*
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Single Parent
  • United States