Polyvictimised children in post-conflict Angola

Cole, Bankole and Maxwell, Maureen (2014) Polyvictimised children in post-conflict Angola. In: International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, 13-15 July 2014, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

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This presentation is based on findings from a study of 30 Angolan youths, aged 15-17 years detained in secure accommodation in Luanda, Angola. Data was collected by means of a questionnaire that allowed the children to report on their victimisation in their own words. Analysis of these children's experiences of victimisation reveals that the majority are poly-victims (see Finkelhor et al, 2005) and that their multiple victmisations have occurred mainly in their neighbourhoods. Our study ascertained that there is a direct link between these children's victimisation and Angola's war history. Following a review of the approaches that have been taken to address the impact of political conflicts on the mental health and social development of affected children, we concluded that Angola needs a psychosocial approach to dealing with the traumatic experiences of these children, one that prioritises education, addresses poverty and promotes sustained community development.

Additional Information:Confernce sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory and Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. They are part of an ongoing series of conferences on all aspects of family violence and child victimization dating back to 1981.
Keywords:polyvictimisation, Children, Angola, mental health, Social development, Trauma, community development
Subjects:L Social studies > L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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ID Code:14831
Deposited On:08 Sep 2014 09:21

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