The author presents prospective data on 140 child and adolescent
military dependents and 234 nonmilitary subjects to assess the validity of
the "military family syndrome." The only significant diagnostic difference
was that military dependents had a lesser prevalence of schizophrenia and
schizophreniform psychosis; the few environmental differences did not
consistently favor either group. The author concludes that if the military
family syndrome exists at all, its effects are more subtle and its causes
are less obvious than has been previously stated.