Psychosocial adjustment and social reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups: the state of the field and future directions

Psychology beyond borders, Theresa Betancourt et al.

This report reviews the current state of the field on the psychosocial adjustment, mental health and wellbeing of former child soldiers. In the first part of the report we review what is currently known about the effects of childrenÂ’s participation in armed forces on their psychological, economic and social wellbeing. In the second part of the report we discuss two main paradigms that dominate the field of service delivery for war-affected youth: the psychosocial approach and the clinical/psychiatric approach (102 pages).

Key wordsarmed conflict / child soldiers / children / evidence-based / gender based violence / mental health / organised violence / psychosocial intervention / rehabilitation / repatriation

CategoryManuals and guidelines