A new study has taken a closer look at the relationship between a traumatic injury in a parent and the impact on children.

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Traumatic injury to parent can impact children, study finds

November 14, 2018 - 5:30 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new study has taken a closer look at the relationship between a traumatic injury in a parent and the impact on children. 

According to the report in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the results can be dramatic. Injury to a parent could result in sleep issues for children and teens long after the injury occurs. 

According to the report, children were studied after a parent suffered an injury, such as post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. What the researchers found is that children had a 17 percent increased risk of sleep disorders and as many as 25 percent said they had insomnia. 

The study has important implications for people who serve in the armed forces. Researchers are now realizing that children of veterans often suffer as a result of their parent's injuries, and that treatment for these children needs to be addressed.