18 September, 2009
Measures made available on the children and War web-site have been found invaluable in a recently published study of over 1,000 Afghani adolescents.
The measures appear to have worked well and show differences in the levels of distress in different parts of Afghanistan, with Kabul showing the highest disorder. Traumatic events other than direct war experiences also contributed to the adjustment of the adolescents.
“This study makes an important contribution to our understanding of the effects of war on children and adolescents”, says William Yule, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The study was published on the Lancet: Panter-Brick C, Eggerman M, Gonzalez V, Safdar S. Violence, suffering, and mental health in Afghanistan: a school-based cross-sectional survey. Lancet 2009; published online Aug 21. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61080-1.