Minefields in Their Hearts: Mental Health of Children in War and Communal Violence

  • ISBN 9780300065701
  • Author: Apfel, Roberta J.
  • Publ Date: 1996-10-01
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The Holocaust, civil war in Bosnia, drug wars in the cities, random violence in schools, streets and homes - such events and their aftermath pose special problems for mental health professionals, educators, and others who must help children make sense of acts that endanger them physically and psychically. In this book, edited by Drs. Roberta J. Apfel and Bennett Simon, mental health professionals share their knowledge, experiences and hopefulness in working with children exposed to war and violence. The result is a history of young lives affected by war, persecution and communal violence, and a resource for anyone working with children subjected to such traumas. The contributors to this book - who include psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, all with direct experience working with children who are victims of war and violence - address the ethics involved in working with children in war zones, children's development under circumstances of war or violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress reactions, refugee children, "survivor guilt", interventions and treatments and the emotional health of the caretakers.
The book includes case studies on children of war in Kuwait, on a programme involving children of Holocaust survivors and children of Nazi perpetrators, and on the Child Development-Community Policing Programme in New Haven.
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