War exposure among children from Bosnia-Hercegovina: Psychological adjustment in a community sample

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As part of a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) psychosocial programme during the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina, data were collected from a community sample of 2,976 children aged between 9 and 14 years. Children completed standardized self-report measures of posttraumatic stress symptoms, depression, anxiety, and grief, as well as a report of the amount of their own exposure to war-related
violence. Results showed that children reported high levels of posttraumatic stress symptoms and grief reactions. However, their self-reported levels of depression and anxiety were not raised. Levels of distress were related to children's amount and type of exposure. Girls reported more distress than boys, but there were few meaningful age effects within the age band studied. Results are discussed in the context of service development for children in war.


  • Patrick Smith
  • Sean Perrin
  • William Yule
  • Berima Hacam
  • Rune Stuvland
Externa organisationer
  • Psihosocijalni Program
  • Center for Stress and Trauma Psychology
  • King's College London

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykologi


Sidor (från-till)147-156
Antal sidor10
TidskriftJournal of Traumatic Stress
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2002 nov 10
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa