Children's risk, resilience, and coping in extreme situations

Jo Boyden, Gillian Mann

Recent research in the social sciences and experience in dealing with children in stressful situations, are providing new insights that challenge much conventional wisdom about how to assist affected children. Because it is increasingly clear that many notions of childhood and of childhood vulnerability, development, and well-being are contextually constructed, serious doubt is being cast on the relevance of many traditional prescriptions for protecting children, especially interventions imposed from outside the child's social and cultural context.

Key wordsarmed conflict / children / organised violence / trauma