Children drawing their own conclusions: Children’s perceptions of a ‘post-conflict’ society

Montserrat Fargas-Malet*, Karola Dillenburger

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In societies emerging from conflict/war, sustained occurrence of violence appears to be a common feature. In Northern Ireland, while incidents of violent deaths and injuries specifically related to the political conflict have decreased dramatically since 1998, regular riots and paramilitary activity confirm continuing division and conflict. The study described here explored children’s perceptions of their own lives and their predecessors’ lives in the country, through a draw-and-tell technique (n=179). While multiple positive elements of peace/hope were depicted by the majority of children, especially in the pictures portraying the present, negative elements and violent references mostly appeared in the pictures representing the past. Violence was more likely to be portrayed by boys, older children, and those attending segregated education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-149
Number of pages15
JournalPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • intergenerational transmission
  • trauma


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