Psychosocial interventions for reducing the harmful effects of war and conflict-related violence on young children aged 0-11 years (Protocol)

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Abstract

Children living in a conflict-affected society can be exposed to daily violence in their communities and, as such, may be at risk of a range of harmful effects. Psychosocial interventions in conflict-affected areas aim to improve outcomes for children and can be treatment or prevention focused. The literature mainly focuses on psychological effects e.g. PTSD or anxiety disorders. Until recently, rather less attention was paid to the influence of mediating variables (cultural context or personal capacity) and their importance in reducing harmful effects.

This systematic review will assess the effectiveness of interventions in reducing the harmful effects of war and conflict-related violence on young children. It will also determine whether the interventions have differential effects depending on age and gender.

Children living in conflict-affected societies have unique needs for support and services. As such, any intervention delivered should be designed and implemented using the best available evidence. Professionals, policy makers and service provider will benefit from this review as to ‘what works’ for this vulnerable population and further exploration (via a Ph.D.) is planned to further extend the impact of this review.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2016
Event11th Annual Cochrane Collaboration in Ireland Conference - Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 2016 → …

Conference

Conference11th Annual Cochrane Collaboration in Ireland Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period10/06/2016 → …

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    Hanratty, J., Neeson, L., Bosqui, T., Duffy, M., & Connolly, P. (2016). Psychosocial interventions for reducing the harmful effects of war and conflict-related violence on young children aged 0-11 years (Protocol). Poster session presented at 11th Annual Cochrane Collaboration in Ireland Conference , Belfast, United Kingdom.