By: Jeffrey Collins
By: Jeffrey Collins

GALLIANO, La. (AP) - Mental health professionals are concerned about the toll this summer of uncertainty along the Gulf Coast could be taking on kids.

Parents who have seen work slow down or stop because of the massive BP oil spill are being forced to cut family budgets. And mothers and fathers who hoped to pass down traditions linked to the waters their grandfathers and great-grandfathers trolled wonder if that way of life has been spoiled forever by millions of gallons of crude.

A survey of 1,203 parents commissioned last month by the Children's Health Fund found a third of children along the most impacted area of the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Mississippi have experienced physical or mental problems because of the spill.

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