A World Turned Upside Down: Social Ecological Approaches to Children in War Zones / Edition 1

A World Turned Upside Down: Social Ecological Approaches to Children in War Zones / Edition 1

by Neil Boothby
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565492250

ISBN-13: 9781565492257

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.

A World Turned Upside Down looks 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

Overview

A World Turned Upside Down looks 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565492257
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables vii

Abbreviations and Acronyms ix

Introduction 1

1 A culture-based, integrative approach Helping war-affected children Kathleen Kostelny 19

2 What is family? The nature and functions of families in times of conflict Alastair Ager 39

3 Running scared When children become separated in emergencies Amy Hepburn 63

4 Girlhoods stolen The plight of girl soldiers during and after armed conflict Susan McKay 89

5 Education and hope A psychosocial assessment of Palestinian children Cairo Arafat Thahabieh Musleh 111

6 Silenced voices? Youth and peer relationships in armed conflict and its aftermath Siobhán McEvoy-Levy 133

7 When former child soldiers grow up The keys to reintegration and reconciliation Neil Boothby 155

8 A living wage The importance of livelihood in reintegrating former child soldiers Michael Wessells 179

9 Religion as resource and risk The double-edged sword for children in situations of armed conflict Michael Wessells Alison Strang 199

10 Layers of support The social ecology of protecting children in war Carl Triplehorn Catherine Chen 233

About the Authors 243

Index 247

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