Minefields in Their Hearts: The Mental Health of Children in War and Communal Violence / Edition 1

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Overview

The Holocaust, civil war in Bosnia, drug wars in the cities, random violence in schools, streets, and homes - such events and their aftermath pose special problems for mental health professionals, educators, and others who must help children make sense of acts that endanger them physically and psychically. In this book, edited by Drs. Roberta J. Apfel and Bennett Simon, mental health professionals share their knowledge, experiences, and hopefulness in working with children exposed to war and violence. The result is a moving history of young lives affected by war, persecution, and communal violence, and an invaluable resource for anyone working with children subjected to such traumas. The contributors to this book - who include psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, all with direct experience working with children who are victims of war and violence - address the ethics involved in working with children in war zones, children's development under circumstances of war or violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress reactions, refugee children, "survivor guilt," interventions and treatments, and the emotional health of the caretakers. The book includes case studies on children of war in Kuwait, on a program involving children of Holocaust survivors and children of Nazi perpetrators, and on the Child Development-Community Policing Program in New Haven.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300065701
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Ethical Issues in Working with Children in War Zones 18
3 What Do We Need to Know to Understand Children in War and Community Violence? 33
4 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Stress Reactions 52
5 Refugee Children 75
6 Child Development and Adaptation to Catastrophic Circumstances 104
7 Youth and Violence: Trends, Principles, and Programmatic Interventions 128
8 Mobilizing Communities to Meet the Psychosocial Needs of Children in War and Refugee Crises 149
9 Attempting to Overcome the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Dialogue Between Descendants of Victims and of Perpetrators 165
10 Who Takes Care of the Caretakers? The Emotional Consequences of Working with Children Traumatized by War and Communal Violence 189
11 Practical Approaches to Research with Children in Violent Settings 206
12 Assessing the Impact of War on Children 218
List of Contributors 231
Index 237
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