9781565492264

World Turned Upside Down: Social Ecological Approaches to Children in War Zones

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    9781565492264

  • ISBN10:

    1565492269

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-10-15
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner
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Summary

* Authors with wide-ranging experience with children in war zones across the globe * Looks at the psychology of children's experiences in conflict in the context of their families and communities A World Turned Upside Downlooks at the experiences of children in war from a psychological and social ecological perspective, offering thoughtful observations and dispelling myths about what results when children grow up in conflict situations. In contrast to individualized approaches, the volume offers a deeper conceptualization that shows the socially mediated impacts of war. Children exposed to the same traumatic experiences may have different reactions and needs for psychosocial support. Further, psychosocial assistance to war-affected children often occurs not through the provision of therapy by outsiders but via support from insiders. Each contributor has worked extensively with children in war zones in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. They refrain from common perceptions of children as victims of war-induced trauma to provide a holistic understanding of children's experiences. Each helps pinpoint ways to reduce further violence, foster well-being and nurture the kinds of social connections that can liberate children from the pathologies of war so that they can mature into healthy and well-adjusted adults. Other contributors:Alastair Ager, Cairo Arafat, Catherine Chen, Amy E. Hepburn, Kathleen Kostelny, Siobhán McEvoy-Levy, Susan McKay, Dahab Musleh and Carl Triplehorn

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables vii
Abbreviations and Acronyms ix
Introduction 1(222)
1. A culture-based, integrative approach
19(20)
Helping war-affected children
KATHLEEN KOSTELNY
2. What is family?
39(24)
The nature and functions of families in times of conflict
ALASTAIR AGER
3. Running scared
63(26)
When children become separated in emergencies
AMY HEPBURN
4. Girlhoods stolen
89(22)
The plight of girl soldiers during and after armed conflict
SUSAN MCKAY
5. Education and hope
111(22)
A psychosocial assessment of Palestinian children
CAIRO ARAFAT AND THAHABIEH MUSLEH
6. Silenced voices?
133(22)
Youth and peer relationships in armed conflict and its aftermath
SIOBHÁN MCEVOY-LEVY
7. When former child soldiers grow up
155(24)
The keys to reintegration and reconciliation
NEIL BOOTHBY
8. A living wage
179(20)
The importance of livelihood in reintegrating former child soldiers
MICHAEL WESSELLS
9. Religion as resource and risk
199(24)
The double-edged sword for children in situations of armed conflict
MICHAEL WESSELLS AND ALISON STRANG
10. Layers of support 223(20)
The social ecology of protecting children in war
CARL TRIPLEHORN AND CATHERINE CHEN
About the Authors 243(4)
Index 247

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