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Methodologies and Tools for Measuring the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Children in Humanitarian Contexts
This report maps the current repertoire of tools and approaches available for measuring children's psychosocial wellbeing.
This book chapter aims to contribute to a more holistic understanding of the consequences of youth soldiering, recognizing the diversity within the category “child soldiers” and using young people’s testimonies to show how youth understand their experiences and choices.
This book chapter reviews six different approaches to the provision of psychosocial support to war-affected children through schools and discusses their comparative advantages in terms of feasibility, scalability and results.
Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of Pregnant Women Affected by War: Program Approaches and Program Gaps
Today's female refugee and internally displaced population faces the increasing risk of adverse birth outcomes associated with stress related to conflict, flight, and displacement. Programs addressing the specific psychosocial needs of pregnant women in situations of war are scarce, and there is little consensus regarding best practices.
Assessment and Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming for Crisis-Affected Children: A Good Practice Initiative
This paper reviews existing concepts, methods and tools for assessing children’s psychosocial wellbeing and evaluating subsequent interventions. It highlights examples of best practice and makes recommendations regarding some basic principles and minimum standards for working with children.
Mozambique Child Soldier Life Outcome Study: Lessons Learned in Rehabilitation and Reintegration Efforts
This research, set in Mozambique, shows that former child soldiers who are provided rehabilitative services and accepted back into their families and communities are able to become productive, responsible and caring adults.
This evaluation is of a USAID-funded community mental health program for women and children in Aceh, Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami.
Systematic Review of Evidence and Treatment Approaches: Psychosocial and Mental Health Care for Children in War
This systematic review of PubMed, PsychINFO, and PILOTS identified 500 publications (1991–2008) on interventions addressing the psychosocial wellbeing and mental health of children affected by violence in low- and middle-income countries.
In this study of sexual-violence survivors in a low-income, conflict-affected country, group psychotherapy reduced PTSD, depression and anxiety symptoms and improved overall functioning.
The Impact of the School-Based Psychosocial Structured Activities (PSSA) Program on Conflict-Affected Children in northern Uganda
A Psychosocial Structured Activities (PSSA) program was implemented in 21 schools in Northern Uganda identified as amongst those most severely affected by conflict-induced displacement across Gulu and Amuru Districts. The well-being of children who had received the PSSA intervention increased significantly more than for children in the comparison group, as judged by child and parent (but not teacher) report.