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Children of War: Responses to Psycho-Social Distress in Cambodia



This book examines the relationship between conflict and psycho-social distress; how children, their families and communities are affected by war and social upheaval; and the appropriateness of national and international responses to psycho-social problems.

The authors reveal the complex nature of psycho-social distress and the ways in which its effects are mediated by a range of conditions related, for example, to socio-economic conditions, cultural contexts and values, access to services, family circumstances and an individual’s characteristics. From this analysis emerges a critique of the role of international and national agencies. While many agencies recognize that this is an important area for intervention, some are at a loss as to how to intervene; others have often applied therapeutic models that are inappropriate both in terms of their cost and human resource requirements, as well as in their basic assumptions about the nature and effects of trauma and who constitutes a vulnerable group.

Book co-published with the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC).
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  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 1997
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISBN: 92 9085 019 1
    Type: Paperback
    From: UNRISD