The Impact of Structured Activities Among Palestinian Children in a Time of Conflict
There is growing evidence of the impact on children’s well-being of exposure to political conflict in such settings as the Palestinian territories. This study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, examined the impact of child-focused interventions involving structured activities, supported by provision of equipment and training of facilitators. The focus of interventions was participation in recreational, cultural and other non-formal activities supporting the development of resilience. Impacts were hypothesized on children’s social and emotional well-being, relationships with parents and degree of future orientation. The intervention appeared successful in improving children’s emotional and behavioural well-being but not hopefulness. It was also linked with increased parental support in some areas (those located in the West Bank).
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