Youth mental health after civil war: The importance of daily stressors

Elizabeth Newnham, R.M. Pearson, A.L. Stein, T.S. Betancourt

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© 2015, Royal College of Psychiatrists. All rights reserved. Background: Recent evidence suggests that post-conflict stressors in addition to war trauma play an important role in the development of psychopathology. Aims: To investigate whether daily stressors mediate the association between war exposure and symptoms of posttraumatic stress and depression among war-affected youth. Method: Standardised assessments were conducted with 363 Sierra Leonean youth (26.7% female, mean age 20.9, s.d. = 3.38) 6 years post-war. Results: The extent of war exposures was significantly associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-121
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2015


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