20 July, 2009
Afghan children children are exposed to war time stressors on a daily basis, and are consequently at risk for developing Post-traumatic stress disorder, new research finds.
Dr. Claudia Catani from the University of Bielefeld, has lead a research that conducted clinical interviews with approximately three-hundred Afghan school children.
It is the first research to address the psychological needs of Afghan children has been published in the Journal on Traumatic Stress, according to Wiley-Blackwell.
Her research states that children who live in Afghanistan are affected by war time stressors such as child labour, trauma, family and military violence on a daily basis. This increases their likelihood of developing Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“The interplay of these stressors contributes to a higher vulnerability in the children frequently exposed to traumatic experiences.”
The study found that at least half of the children who had experienced a traumatic life event in these circumstances, had developed PTSD.
In addition, the study identified strong gender differences, boys were more exposed to traumatic life events than girls.
The Foundation has recently funded two Iranian-based projects which will be interviewing Afghan children in Iran.