Monthly Archives: September 2016

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How to help refugee children get through the trauma of what’s happened to them

Category : Uncategorised

Out of the 60m people who have been evicted from their homes due to persecution and conflicts worldwide, at least half are children. These young refugees have complex mental health needs, predominantly emotional difficulties such as post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety which are compounded by physical ill health, developmental delays, social exclusion and lack of education.Refugee children are very vulnerable to extreme poverty, exploitation, abuse, neglect and parental mental illness. They can also struggle to adjust to their host country or environment. These risks are even morepronounced for unaccompanied minors and former child soldiers.In recent years, there has been growing interest in understanding how different factors in a child’s environment can protect their well-being by building resilience to process their distress and cope with further stress. Interventions to improve children’s psychological well-being and social functioning have been broadened from just helping the child deal with their traumatic experiences to also strengthening support for their family, school and communities.

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Evaluation of psychosocial intervention for children exposed to ethnic conflict in Kenya

Category : Journal Article

Posted by ap507 at Aug 22, 2016 12:15 PM |

In as much as it is well established that armed conflict, resulting from either political or ethnic violence, impacts adversely on children’s mental health, psychosocial interventions for affected children have received little research attention. There have been many studies conducted on young people’s mental health needs, but there is still limited evidence on what helps children affected in post- conflict areas.

The aim of this study was to assess the impact of such an intervention to help children exposed to ethnic violence in Nakuru, Kenya, to cope better with their distress and other mental health problems. The study was carried out in two linked phases. In phase 1, focus groups were held with community stakeholders (young people, parents, teachers and other professionals) to establish their views on children’s mental health needs and culturally acceptable interventions.

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