How effective are measures taken to mitigate the impact of direct experience of armed conflict on the psychosocial and cognitive development of children aged 0–8?
Interventions can help improve aspects of psychosocial functioning in children. The evidence is strongest for interventions focusing on normalisation.
Some 20 million children are currently victims of armed conflict. Among civilian casualties of war, 90% are children. Evidence is strong that psychosocial and cognitive implications for the youngest children affected by armed conflict may be serious and long lasting. Research suggests a lack of evidence for intervention effectiveness. This review assesses what interventions are effective in supporting the psychosocial and cognitive development of children aged 0-8 who have been affected by armed conflict.
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