J. de Jong
- Children of former child soldiers and never-conscripted civilians: a preliminary intergenerational study in Burundi
- Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
- Volume | Issue number
- 22 | 7
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Studies around the world show that former child soldiers (FCSs) have mental health strengths and limitations, and highlight the important role of families and communities in reintegration to society. However, there are limited data that examine the mental health risks and protective factors of the offspring of FCSs, especially as compared to civilian populations. We compare psychological, social, and familial factors between FCSs and civilian parents and children. This article discusses the importance of evaluating the children of FCSs from an ecological perspective through longitudinal studies as well as interventions that incorporate family-centered care.
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