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The Issues of Trauma, Psychological and Psycho-Social Consequences for Children and Youth in Armed Conflict

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This study confirmed earlier research that childhood adversities are inclined to co-occur for at least those children who live in especially high-risk settings, which the children in this study did in Kabul, and that the risk for developing mental health problems becomes higher. For the adolescents in this study symptom development appeared to have been regulated by family factors, as children with more severe post-traumatic symptoms came from families where there was much discussion about terror-ism. In this context, new traumatic events can reactivate earlier instances of depressive illnesses or PTSD, the authors argue. Study after study in this book shows that children traumatized by war suffer from the same symptoms of PTSD and other psychological symptoms irrespective of from where they come, which cannot be explained away by researchers having "found just what they were looking for" as some have argued.

Keywords:armed conflict; children; issues; psycho-social consequences; psychological symptoms; trauma; youth



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