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Psychosocial wellbeing in war-affected Eastern Congolese adolescents

Cindy Mels UGent (2010) Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent. 33.
abstract
Despite remarkable advances made, the knowledge base on the mental health effects of war on children and adolescents remains restricted by certain limitations, e.g., geographic predominance, a trauma-focused approach, cross-cultural validity issues and limited usefulness for practitioners. In response to these limitations, this dissertation aims to assess the psychosocial wellbeing of war-affected adolescents in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) within a social ecological framework, bringing the cultural and social war-affected context into account, and building on the local community’s experiences and resources. Great emphasis is placed on creating the appropriate conditions for the local relevance and cultural validity of our research during a first study, aimed at understanding the locally perceived context for adolescent mental health on the one hand, and the cross-cultural adaptation of DSM-IV-based screening instruments (Impact of Event Scale Revised, Hopkins Symptom Checklist 37 for Adolescents) on the other. This in turn informed our second study aimed at assessing adolescents’ mental health symptoms (post-traumatic stress symptoms, internalizing and externalizing behaviour problems), with a main focus on associated risk (traumatic exposure, daily stressors, displacement) and protective factors (residential stability, coping). Likewise, high importance was ascribed to the establishment of feasible and locally relevant implications and recommendations for practice. Therefore, a third study analyzed the local context for adolescent psychosocial assistance, aimed at informing future psychosocial programming in Ituri, DRC. Furthermore, these contextual data offer us a framework for the general discussion of our research findings and its clinical implications.
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author
promoter
UGent
organization
year
type
dissertation (monograph)
subject
keyword
trauma, daily stress, humanitarian aid, adolescence, war, violence, coping
in
Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent
volume
33
pages
192 pages
publisher
Ghent University. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
place of publication
Ghent, Belgium
defense location
Gent : Het Pand (zaal rector Blancquaert)
defense date
2010-05-25 10:00
ISSN
0779-1046
OTHER
D/2010/6585/33
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
D1
additional info
dissertation consists of copyrighted materials
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
968385
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-968385
alternative location
http://lib.ugent.be/fulltxt/RUG01/001/399/265/RUG01-001399265_2010_0001_AC.pdf
date created
2010-06-02 14:35:20
date last changed
2010-06-14 15:46:05
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  abstract     = {Despite remarkable advances made, the knowledge base on the mental health effects of war on children and adolescents remains restricted by certain limitations, e.g., geographic predominance, a trauma-focused approach, cross-cultural validity issues and limited usefulness for practitioners. In response to these limitations, this dissertation aims to assess the psychosocial wellbeing of war-affected adolescents in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) within a social ecological framework, bringing the cultural and social war-affected context into account, and building on the local community{\textquoteright}s experiences and resources. Great emphasis is placed on creating the appropriate conditions for the local relevance and cultural validity of our research during a first study, aimed at understanding the locally perceived context for adolescent mental health on the one hand, and the cross-cultural adaptation of DSM-IV-based screening instruments (Impact of Event Scale Revised, Hopkins Symptom Checklist 37 for Adolescents) on the other. This in turn informed our second study aimed at assessing adolescents{\textquoteright} mental health symptoms (post-traumatic stress symptoms, internalizing and externalizing behaviour problems), with a main focus on associated risk (traumatic exposure, daily stressors, displacement) and protective factors (residential stability, coping). Likewise, high importance was ascribed to the establishment of feasible and locally relevant implications and recommendations for practice. Therefore, a third study analyzed the local context for adolescent psychosocial assistance, aimed at informing future psychosocial programming in Ituri, DRC. Furthermore, these contextual data offer us a framework for the general discussion of our research findings and its clinical implications.},
  author       = {Mels, Cindy},
  issn         = {0779-1046},
  keyword      = {trauma,daily stress,humanitarian aid,adolescence,war,violence,coping},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {192},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  series       = {Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent},
  title        = {Psychosocial wellbeing in war-affected Eastern Congolese adolescents},
  url          = {http://lib.ugent.be/fulltxt/RUG01/001/399/265/RUG01-001399265\_2010\_0001\_AC.pdf},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Mels, Cindy. 2010. “Psychosocial Wellbeing in War-affected Eastern Congolese Adolescents.” Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.
APA
Mels, C. (2010). Psychosocial wellbeing in war-affected Eastern Congolese adolescents. Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent. Ghent University. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent, Belgium.
Vancouver
1.
Mels C. Psychosocial wellbeing in war-affected Eastern Congolese adolescents. Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences; 2010.
MLA
Mels, Cindy. “Psychosocial Wellbeing in War-affected Eastern Congolese Adolescents.” Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent 2010 : n. pag. Print.