The Social Ecology of Resilience in War-Affected Youth: A Longitudinal Study from Sierra Leone

  • Theresa S. Betancourt


This chapter focuses on the experiences of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone. The author reports on findings from a mixed methods longitudinal study. She shows that a developmental and ecological perspective on the lives of children affected by armed conflict helps us to see the role environment plays in how well children cope during and after exposure to violence. Individual factors interact with family and community factors to bolster well being, securing for children the cultural and community resources necessary for mental health while addressing the problems of stigma and alienation.


Prosocial Behavior Psychosocial Adjustment Child Soldier Domestic Chore Community Acceptance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsBostonUSA

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