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The mental health disaster in conflict settings: Can scientific research help?

Frank Neuner and Thomas Elbert

What gains have been made in the fight against traumatic disorders and other mental health problems in conflict areas? What do we know about the impact on individual, family and community functioning? Given what we know about the effects of trauma, it is likely that we will also see a rise in substance abuse and suicidality, violence, and a worsening of physical health.

Updated August 30, 2009.

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