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Open Access 02-04-2024

Psychological Problems in the Context of Political Violence in Afghan Children

Authors: Laura Jobson, Daniel McAvoy, Sayed Jafar Ahmadi

Published in: Current Psychiatry Reports

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

This review provides an overview of recent literature examining psychological problems in the context of political violence among Afghan children.

Recent Findings

Using recent literature (2018–2023) we identified: 1) heightened levels of psychological problems experienced by children in Afghanistan; 2) the factors associated with these psychological problems, including loss of family and community members, poverty, continuous risk of injury and death, gender, substance use, war, daily stressors, and poor access to education; 3) psychological problems have potentially worsened since the 2021 political changes; 4) conflict and poverty have resulted in violence against children being a serious issue; 5) emerging psychological interventions have been adapted to Afghan contexts; and 6) there is a desperate need for psychological assistance and further research in the region.

Summary

All children in Afghanistan have experienced conflict and political violence. While children are not responsible for this conflict, it has impacted their mental health. Further research is needed to examine the development and evaluation of interventions.
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Metadata
Title
Psychological Problems in the Context of Political Violence in Afghan Children
Authors
Laura Jobson
Daniel McAvoy
Sayed Jafar Ahmadi
Publication date
02-04-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Current Psychiatry Reports
Print ISSN: 1523-3812
Electronic ISSN: 1535-1645
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-024-01496-2