There is a paucity of UK research into the experiences of children of service personal with PTSD, and increased referrals to mental health services for veterans suggest that there will be children who may be affected by secondary traumatisation. This paper describes a review of literature regarding how children may have experienced this issue. It suggests that further research with UK service personnel and their families could assist in improvements in service provision for all involved.
The number of UK service personnel who have a diagnosis of PTSD is unclear, but there has been a recent increase in referrals to services for PTSD symptomology. It is imperative to understand the impact this may have on the children of affected service families. This review of literature aimed to explore and provide insight into the experiences of services children whose parent has a diagnosis of PTSD. The findings highlighted the prevalence of secondary traumatisation and a potential negative impact on the child's mental health and relationships. However, literature used in the review was conducted in countries outside of the UK, therefore the comparison of results may be compromised. This review identifies the paucity of research on this topic and highlights the need for UK based research to be carried out in this area.
King, N. and Smith, A., 2016. Exploring the impact of parental post-traumatic stress disorder on military family children: A review of the literature. Nurse Education Today, 47, 29-36.