Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2016 Dec;47(6):950-965.

Effects of War, Terrorism and Armed Conflict on Young Children: A Systematic Review.

Author information

1
School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University, PO Box 39040, 6997801, Tel Aviv, Israel. mich@post.tau.ac.il.
2
School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University, PO Box 39040, 6997801, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Abstract

Millions of children have been maimed, displaced, orphaned and killed in modern warfare that targets civilian populations. Several reviews have documented the impact of political trauma on children's mental health but none has focused specifically on young children (ages 0-6). Since developmental factors influence the young child's perception and experience of traumatic events, this developmental period is characterized by a unique spectrum of responses to political trauma. This systematic review, comprising 35 studies that included a total of 4365 young children, examined the effects of exposure to war, conflict and terrorism on young children and the influence of parental factors on these effects. Results showed that effects include PTSD and post-traumatic stress symptoms, behavioral and emotional symptoms, sleep problems, disturbed play, and psychosomatic symptoms. Correlations emerged between parental and children's psychopathology and, additionally, family environment and parental functioning emerged as moderators of the exposure-outcome association for children.

KEYWORDS:

PTSD; Parental functioning; Psychopathology; War; Young children

PMID:
26781095
DOI:
10.1007/s10578-016-0626-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer
Loading ...
Support Center