The Mental Health of War Affected Children: a Community-based Rehabilitation and Reconciliation Program in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province.

2000Robert Chase, University of Manitoba, and Kenneth Bush, Dalhousie University

The mental health effects of children affected by militarized violence are receiving increasing attention as the magnitude of the problem worldwide and its implications is becoming recognized. The trends in child mental health in Sri Lanka related to war and other factors are reviewed, and local project context in Eastern Sri Lanka is described. Since 1995 research and program development in addresses psychological distress in schoolchildren from multiple factors, many directly war related.

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

CountriesSri Lanka