Child & Youth Care Forum

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 371–388

Helping Children Exposed to War and Violence: Perspectives from an International Work Group on Interventions for Youth and Families

Authors

    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University
    • Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child DevelopmentStanford University
  • Rebecca A. Rialon
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University
  • Nathaniel Laor
    • Tel Aviv-Brull Community Mental Health Center
    • Donald J. Cohen & Irving B. Harris Resilience Center for Trauma and Disaster Intervention by the Association for Children at Risk
    • Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel-Aviv University
    • Child Study CenterYale University
  • Daniel Brom
    • Israel Center for Treatment of PsychotraumaHerzog Hospital
    • Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem
  • Ruth Pat-Horenczyk
    • Israel Center for Treatment of PsychotraumaHerzog Hospital
    • Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem
  • Mohammed Shaheen
    • Center for Development in Primary Health Care
  • Daniel Hamiel
    • Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College
  • Claude Chemtob
    • Child Study CenterNew York University
  • Carl F. Weems
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of New Orleans
  • Carl Feinstein
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University
  • Alicia Lieberman
    • Child Trauma Research Program, UCSF Department of PsychiatrySan Francisco General Hospital
  • Daryn Reicherter
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University
  • Suzan Song
    • Asian Americans for Community Involvement/Center for Survivors of Torture
  • Victor G. Carrion
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10566-013-9203-4

Cite this article as:
Kletter, H., Rialon, R.A., Laor, N. et al. Child Youth Care Forum (2013) 42: 371. doi:10.1007/s10566-013-9203-4

Abstract

Background

This paper outlines conclusions from a three-day workgroup hosting the eight authors as well as others with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of youth exposed to war and violence.

Objective

The purpose of this meeting was to bring multiple perspectives together to identify components that comprise effective psychosocial interventions for child victims of war and community violence across cultures. The meeting also sought to identify gaps in the existing treatment approaches.

Method

In the meeting, personal experiences and previous research were discussed to develop a wide-ranging intervention approach, determine a cohesive definition for “indirect” exposure, and identify successful methods of intervention delivery for youth exposed to acts of war and violence.

Results and Conclusions

Key components of intervention for youth exposed to war/violence, important outcome measures, and cultural differences that may influence effective intervention were identified. A clearer definition of “indirect” exposure was also developed. Finally, a nine-phase model was developed to provide guidelines for establishing partnerships between trauma teams and other organizations or schools to implement and disseminate treatment for this population.

Keywords

WarViolenceChildrenDevelopmental traumaTreatment interventions

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013