ERIC Number: ED315720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Second Generation Effect of Vietnam: Adolescent Children of Combat Veterans.
Dansby, Virginia Smejkal
Although extensive research has focused upon the adjustment problems of the veterans of the Vietnam conflict, little data is available concerning their children. The purpose of this study was to provide a description of the adolescent children who have lived with Vietnam combat veteran fathers, comparing them (on the basis of social and personal adjustment, relationship with their parents, personality development, and a few personal choices and opinions) with a control group of children whose fathers were not in Vietnam. The experimental group, consisting of 14 girls and 14 boys from a high school in West Virginia, and a control group of equal size, age, and gender were compared on grade point average, school absences, achievement test scores, the Behavior Rating Profile, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Child's Attitude Toward Father and Mother, the High School Personality Questionnaire, and a demographic questionnaire. The results indicated that the children of combat veterans were significantly more troubled. More specific information concerning the child's perceptions of the problem areas and family dynamics would be particularly valuable. Just as their fathers deserve special recognition for the sacrifices which they have made, so their children are entitled to careful observation to detect possible impairment and a more comprehensive investigation into the issue of secondary traumatization. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Cincinnati, OH, March 16-19, 1990).