Is culture always right?

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April 2006 - Authors: Atle Dyregrov, Leila Gupta, Rolf Gjestad and Magne Raundalen - Atle Dyregrov, a clinical psychologist who has worked with war traumatized children in different societies, bravely poses a different question when he asks: “Is the culture always right?” In this paper, Dyregrov and colleagues wonder whether our inability to prevent war time atrocities and massacres results, within the international community, in a collective denial of child trauma. Read more

Do No Harm: Challenges in Organizing Psychosocial Support to Displaced People in Emergency Settings

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September 2009 - Author: Mike Wessells - Using illustrative examples derived from different countries and cultural contexts, Mike demonstrates how the structure, delivery and constraints of international aid efforts in emergency situations may lead to psychosocial interventions that result in harm rather than healing. Read more

Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings

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June 2013 - Authors: Tol, W.A., Barbui, C., Galappatti, A. et al - Linking practice and research Read more

Sierra Leone and Civil War: Neglected Trauma and Forgotten Children

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January 2006 - Author: Nick Heeren - The needs and rights of children with disabilities can easily be overlooked – both in society in general, and also in the aftermath of armed conflict. Read more

Girls formerly associated with fighting forces and their children: returned and neglected

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January 2006 - Authors: Susan McKay, Malia Robinson, Maria Gonsalves and Miranda Worthern - The paper by Mckay, Robinson and colleagues successfully outlines the considerable challenges facing girl mothers leaving fighting forces who seek to reintegrate into their communities in southern and western Africa. Read more

Including disabled children in psychocosicla programmes in areas affected by armed conflict

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November 2012 - Authors: Von der Assen, N., Euwema, M. & Cornielje, H - It seems that in spite of the facilitative international legal framework, children with disabilities still face considerable difficulties in realising their rights. For a variety of reasons, they are also effectively excluded from many psychosocial programmes provided by humanitarian organizations – unless those organizations are themselves addressing the needs and rights of those with disabilities. Read more

Is the culture always right? The dangers of reproducing gender stereotypes and inequalities

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January 2007 - Author: Denov, M. - This paper was originally produced with two other reports: 'Trauma, resilience and cultural healing: how do we move forward?', Edited by Dr L Dowdney, and ‘Trauma, culture and community: Getting beyond dichotomies’, by Wessells, M. Read more

The psychosocial aspects of children exposed to war: practice and policy initiatives

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March 2005 - Authors: Barenbaum, J., Ruchkin, V., Schwab-Stone, M.- The atrocities of war have detrimental effects on the development and mental health of children that have been documented since World War II. Read more

Pathways to embodied empathy and reconciliation after atrocity

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April 2007 - Author: David Alan Harris - Former boy soldiers in a dance/movement therapy group in Sierra Leone Read more

The Psychosical care of demobilized child soldiers in Columbia

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March 2005 - Author: Fernando Jiovani Arias Morales - Conceptual and Methodological aspects Read more