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Newsletter Dec 2010

Dear friends,

Many of our projects are now reaching publication stage. They’ve told us they have found our manuals helpful. So have attendants at our Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT) workshops. Nonetheless, whilst our TRTs manuals are being evaluated, we continue to develop new tools to reduce traumatic symptoms in children after wars and disasters. “There’s just not anything else out there,” says Chairman of the Board, William Yule, about a new manual which will be the first evidence based manual aimed to help groups of bereaved children during catastrophes and disasters. The manual should be ready for use by summer 2011. Read more.


Call for translations

We’ve taken steps to ensure our measures and manuals are available in more languages. Children’s Impact of Events Scale 8 is now available in 15 languages with recent additions of Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Farsi and Japanese. We’re now calling for volunteers to help us translate CRIES8 into Russian, French, Khmer, Tamil, Pashto, Hindi, Urdu, Javanese, Portuguese, Sorani and Javanese. If you’d like to help us, please e-mail contact@childrenandwar.org.


Project updates
“We are just shocked by the multiplicity of trauma exposure and the impact of the same upon this population,” Gladys Mwiti Phd says about the first Kenyan project to assess traumatic exposure and symptoms in students. Read more.

Being orphaned by a war during childhood or adolescence is associated with a high likelihood of depression, anxiety disorders and other psychological distress in young adulthood, results from our Kosovo study indicate. Read more.

It is feasible to use cortisol in evaluating the Writing for Recovery Manual, an Iraqi pilot demonstrates. Read more.

A recent evaluation of the Recovery Manual in Palestinian schools found a significant decrease in traumatic stress reactions among adolescents who participated in the group intervention Read more.

Trainings

Two American participants at a London training in November, Tom Ollendick and Enrique Varela, plan to do a study in Mexico.

High exposure of post traumatic symptoms were reported in the Mathare slum, and a majority found they could deal better with challenging issues after Serena Smith-Patten conducted a training in Nairobi in April. Read more.


Other developments
A Myanmar study which was presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies in Montreal in November, found the recovery techniques useful. Charles Sim and Maria Plengsangtip’s report can be downloaded on our website.

Three researchers have undertaken a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in Gaza with good initial results. Read more.

The Norwegian energy company BKK has awarded a sum allocated to a handbook for parents and caretakers on how to support young children after disasters. However, we need to raise more funds to develop this manual which are aimed at helping small children (0-6) following disasters. If you would like to donate, we would be delighted.

Please also check our website or facebook page.

Yours sincerely,

Children and War Foundation at Kluge Law Firm | Postboks 394 Sentrum | N-5805 Bergen, Norway
E-mail: contact@childrenandwar.org