Adolescents and War: How Youth Deal with Political Violence

Hardcover | September 18, 2008

EditorBrian K Barber

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Hundreds of thousands of children are forced or legally recruited combatants in no fewer than 70 warring parties across the world. In addition to these child soldiers, thousands of youth voluntarily participate in politically related conflict. Why, how, and in what capacities are such largenumbers of teenagers involved in war and how are they affected? Adolescents and War brings together world experts in an evidence-based volume to thoroughly understand and document the intricacies of youth who have had substantial involvement in political violence. Contributors argue that the assumption that youth are automatically debilitated by the violencethey experience is much too simplistic: effective care for youth must include an awareness of their motives and beliefs, the roles they played in the conflict, their relationships with others, and the opportunities available to them after their experiences with war. The book suggests that themeaning youth make of a conflict may protect them from mental harm. For example, Palestinian teens who were actively engaged in the first Intifada have fared better than Bosnian teens who were virtual sitting ducks to the sniper and grenade launches of the hidden forces during the siege of Sarajevo.Covering youth involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan, Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and Bosnia, the volume will be of interest to psychologists, sociologists, and political scientists and should be adopted for courses in social psychology, crisisintervention, and international conflict.

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Hundreds of thousands of children are forced or legally recruited combatants in no fewer than 70 warring parties across the world. In addition to these child soldiers, thousands of youth voluntarily participate in politically related conflict. Why, how, and in what capacities are such largenumbers of teenagers involved in war and how...

Brian Barber is a Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 6.18 × 9.41 × 1.18 inPublished:September 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Brian K. Barber: Glimpsing the Complexity of Youth and Political ViolencePart I. General Treatments of Youth and Political Violence2. Brian K. Barber and Julie Mikles Schluterman: An Overview of the Empirical Literature on Adolescents and Political Violence3. Raija-Leena Punamaki: Why War and Military Violence Can Increase the Risk for Aggressive Child Behavior? Child- and Family-Related Issues4. Michelle Slone: Growing up in Israel: Lessons on Understanding the Effects of Political Violence on Children5. Michael Wessells and Kathleen Kostelny: Youth Soldiering: An Integrated Framework for Understanding Psychosocial ImpactPart II. Specifying the Effects of Political Violence6. Orla Muldoon, Clare Cassidy, and Nichola McCullough: Young People's Perceptions of Political Violence: The Case of Northern Ireland7. Christopher Layne and colleagues: Measuring Adolescent Perceived Support amidst War and Disaster: The Multi-Sector Social Support Inventory8. Robert J. McCouch: The Effects of Wartime Violence on Young Bosnians' Postwar Behaviors: Policy Contours for the Reconstruction PeriodPart III. Expanding the Scope of Inquiry into Youth and Political Violence9. Brian K. Barber and Joseph A. Olsen: Positive and Negative Psychosocial Functioning after Political Conflict: Examining Adolescents of the First Palestinian Intifada10. Neil Boothby, Jennifer Crawford, and Agostinho Mamade: Mozambican Child Soldier Life Outcome Study11. Steven Weine and colleagues: Tasting the World: Life after Wartime for Bosnian Teens in Chicago12. Brian K. Barber: Making Sense and No Sense of War: Issues of Identity and Meaning in Adolescents Experience with Political ConflictConclusion13. Brian K. Barber: Moving Forward with Research on Adolescents and Political Violence