The effect of decades of conflict on Colombian children and young
The main aspect of this thesis is to examine the relationship between living in a continuing armed and violent conflict and the psychological health of children and young. The Colombian conflict has lasted for several decades and there is as a result widespread violence throughout the country. Armed conflict can lead to both physical and psychological trauma and poor health in people of all ages. Children and young are most vulnerable, and their mental health is negatively affected by the armed conflict, both directly and indirectly. Behavioural changes, generally more aggressive and violent behaviour, cognitive changes and diagnostic psychiatric disease can be linked to conflict related violence. The information and literature used in this thesis was found mainly through PubMed and references of relevant articles. All relevant articles were studied, and most were used as there were few studies assessing the mental health of children or youth in Colombia.
PublisherUiT Norges arktiske universitet
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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