Addressing the Needs of Children and Youth in the Context of War and Terrorism: the Technological Frontier

Leia Y. Saltzman*, Levi Solomyak, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk

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This paper reviews recent literature on the mental health needs of youth in the context of war and terrorism. A human rights lens is used to explore issues of accessibility and sustainability in service utilization during times of crisis. The authors present the evolution of services over the last several decades, progressing through individual, school-based, and community-wide interventions by exploring models that focus on symptom reduction and building resilience. This paper highlights the benefits and limitations of traditional intervention methods and proposes a new frontier of intervention development and research. The authors focus on the emerging field of e-mental health services and specifically highlight the utility of virtual reality games in treating trauma-exposed youth. The rapid and easily accessible nature of e-mental health models is presented as one potential solution to barriers in accessibility that can help promote the human rights of youth exposed to war and terrorism.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number30
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

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  • E-mental health
  • Terrorism
  • Trauma treatment
  • War
  • Youth


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