Handbook of political violence and children: Psychosocial effects, intervention, and prevention policy

Charles W. Greenbaum, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Carolyn Hamilton

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A major goal of this volume is to create a forum for the integration of three areas: theory and research on the effects of exposure to political violence (EPV), intervention to aid victims of EPV, and the prevention of EPV. It notes the lack of application of social science research and theory to prevention of EPV. The introductory chapter presents a description of the gap between international law forbidding political violence against children and recent increases in children’s EPV, an overview of social science theory related to research and intervention, and descriptions of the contributions of each chapter. Section I, on research, presents reviews of research, original quantitative and qualitative research reports, and a chapter on methodology and ethics. Section II, on intervention, contains research on intervention with children who have experienced EPV in school, their family, and community contexts, and a chapter on issues related to individual therapy with such children. Section III, on prevention, provides chapters on legal and social issues in the prevention of recruitment of children as child soldiers in armed groups, on the role of the International Criminal Court in deterring children’s EPV, and on the use of transitional justice for preventing recurrence of children’s EPV. The concluding chapter reviews the major findings of the volume and emphasizes the need for prevention of EPV. It describes the legal framework for prevention, social science theory that could explain the prevalence of EPV despite legal and moral sanctions against it, possible means of protecting children in armed conflict, and possible future directions in research.

Original languageAmerican English
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages656
ISBN (Electronic)9780190874551
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Children
  • Enforcement
  • Ethics
  • International law
  • Intervention
  • Political violence
  • Prevention
  • Research
  • Risk
  • Social science theory


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