How Kids in Military Families Can Cope

Resiliency and support for families are key.

The United States has an all-volunteer military, but one group is "drafted" into the lifestyle from birth: military kids. They may face multiple moves, nationwide and overseas, and deal with fear and uncertainty as parents are deployed to faraway war zones. Meanwhile, it's up to the spouses staying behind to look out for kids' physical and mental health, and keep their families on an even keel.

Findings from a Princeton University-Brookings Institute collaboration focuses on the strengths allowing most military kids to flourish. Resiliency – the interaction of positive personality traits within a supportive environment – really helps.