The mental health of children affected by armed conflict: Protective processes and pathways to resilience

Theresa Stichick Betancourt and Kashif Tanveer Khan

This paper examines the concept of resilience in the context of children affected by armed conflict. Resilience has been frequently viewed as a unique quality of certain invulnerable children. In contrast, this paper argues that a number of protective processes contribute to resilient mental health outcomes in children when considered through the lens of the child's social ecology.

Key wordsarmed conflict / children / mental health / reconciliation / rehabilitation / resilience / trauma

CountriesColombia / Sri Lanka / Uganda