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OP Family Readiness - May 2020

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DEPLOYMENT AND CHILDREN FACTORS THAT AFFECT DEPLOYMENT STRESS LEVELS INDIVIDUAL FACTORS SEPARATION FACTORS DEPLOYMENT FACTORS - Personal Health - Personal coping abilities - Previous deployment experience - Attitude towards the assignment - Confidence in self, the military unit and the level of community resources and services available - Sense of security in the family and community relationship - Preparation time available - Previous family separation experience - Important family events during deployment - Nature and length of the mission - Ease of communication (accessibility, frequency, efficiency of system) - Geographical location (time zone, terrain, weather) - Living and working conditions POSSIBLE NEGATIVE CHANGES IN CHILDREN DURING DEPLOYMENT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT AGE BEHAVIOURS MOODS REMEDY Infant < 1 year Refuses to eat, cries more than usual, difficult to settle Listless Support for parent, pediatrician, maintain routine Toddlers 1 – 3 yrs Cries, tantrums, difficult to settle Irritable, sad Increased attention, holding, maintain routine Preschool 3 – 6 yrs Potty accidents, tantrums, difficult to settle, defiant Irritable, sad Increased attention, holding, hugs, maintain routine School Aged 6 – 12 yrs Clingy, whines, body aches, difficult to settle, night terrors increase, defiant Irritable, sad, angry Increased attention, hugs, patience, spend quality time, maintain routine Teenagers 12 - 18 yrs Isolation, use of alcohol and drugs, defiant Irritable, sad, angry Patience, limit-setting, counselling and support

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