The psychological effects of military service on war veterans have been documented extensively, but much less is known about how it affects the long-term mental health of their families, especially their children. This is a significant shortcoming in light of the large-scale and ongoing deployment of military personnel from the US and its allies since the start of the so-called “War on Terror”.

Using a landmark, multigenerational study of the families of men who served in the Australian army during the Vietnam War, Dr Walter Forrest will present findings on the long-term, psychological impact of their war service on their adult children. Results indicate that 40 years after the end of war, the adult children of Vietnam Veterans are more likely to have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and more likely to have had thoughts of suicide and self-harm than the children of comparable army personnel.

Walter Forrest is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research. His research focuses on the life course consequences of family relation-ships, especially among disadvantaged groups.
He is particularly interested in family relationships and the life course in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and the effects of war, violence, and hazardous employment on families. His research has been published in journals such as PLOS One, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Criminology.

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Intergenerational Effects of Military Service

Thu 25 Aug 2016 12:15pm


Room 201, Level 2, Cycad Building (1018)