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Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy$
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Jennifer E. Lansford and Prerna Banati

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190847128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190847128.001.0001

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Adolescents and Armed Conflict

Adolescents and Armed Conflict

War, Conflict, and Child Soldiers

10 Adolescents and Armed Conflict
Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Theresa S. Betancourt

Stephanie Zuilkowski

Emily Coles

Katharine Collet

Musu Jambai

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the consequences of war on the development and mental health of adolescents. The discussion begins by framing prevention and intervention programs within the context of human security. The example of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone is used to illustrate the interrelatedness of the core security needs and rights of adolescents, using the SAFE model (safety/freedom from harm; access to basic physiological needs and health care; family and connection to others; and education/economic security) of child protection as a lens for analysis. The chapter proposes ideas for how to promote youth development and well-being in the context of violence and other forms of adversity.

Keywords:   adolescence, armed conflict, ecological approach, human security, mental health, SAFE model, intergenerational study, longitudinal study

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