Psychosocial support and service provision for adolescent girls in post-conflict settings

July 2013 to December 2015

The overall aim of this project is to explore the extent to which services and other responses to mental health and psychosocial stresses in post conflict settings are informed by the context, by gender and by social-cultural norms. This project has a particular focus on the role that human resources play in shaping service provision experiences for adolescents, and particularly adolescent girls. 

The study hopes to show, that unless factors such as context, gender, and socio-cultural norms are taken into account responses will likely be inadequate, insufficient and may even perpetuate discriminatory social norms and practices particularly facing adolescent girls. In order to achieve this, the project will explore current service provision in Liberia, Sri Lanka and Gaza; how the conflict affected adolescent girls in particular; their coping strategies at individual, household and community levels, and the extent to which an understanding of these underpins the professional training and experiences of key health service providers

Findings from this study will help inform programmers, service deliverers and policy makers on culturally appropriate /sensitive approaches for dealing with issues of mental health and psychosocial stresses in post –conflict situations and amongst adolescents. It will also add to the body of literature on this relatively neglected area.

Outputs

Rebuilding adolescent girls' lives after conflict

Public event | 29 October 2015 09:30 - 13:00 GMT+00

Within the context of the upcoming 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security this event will explore psychosocial stresses faced by adolescent girls and the types of support...

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Mental health and psychosocial support service provision for adolescent girls in post-conflict settings, a culturally sensitive response

Research reports and studies | August 2015 | Kusala Wettasinghe, Sarala Emmanuel, Fiona Samuels and Ananda Galappatti
This report assesses whether existing services and responses to the mental health and psychosocial problems experienced by adolescent girls in Sri Lanka are sufficiently informed by an understanding of context, gender and socio-cultural norms.
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Mental health and psychosocial service provision for adolescent girls in post-conflict settings: the case of the Gaza Strip

Research reports and studies | June 2015 | Bassam Abu Hamad, Nicola Jones, Nadia Al Bayoumi and Fiona Samuels
This report describes fieldwork from the Gaza component of a multi-country study undertaken by the ODI, Al-Quds University (Gaza), The Good Practice Group (Sri Lanka) and The Carter Center (Liberia) with the support from the ReBUILD Consortium, a research partnership...
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Adolescent psychosocial wellbeing in the post conflict context of Sri Lanka

Research reports and studies | June 2015 | Sarala Emmanuel, Kusala Wettasinghe, Fiona Samuels, Sivaprashanthi Thambaiah, Indrani Rajendran, Ananda Galappatti
This summary report describes the first phase of fieldwork from the Sri Lanka component of a two-country study undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (UK), The Good Practice Group (Sri Lanka) and The Carter Center (Liberia) with the support from the ReBUILD...
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Failing adolescents: social control, political economy and human development in post-war Sri Lanka

Journal articles or issues | April 2015 | Sarala Emmanuel, Kusala Wettasinghe, Fiona Samuels, Sivaprashanthi Thambaiah, Indrani Rajendran, Ananda Galappatti
Drawing on a study from two war-affected villages in Sri Lanka, this paper examines the multi-faceted challenges that adolescents face in communities attempting to retain and redefine boundaries, identities, and social and moral regulation in a post-war context.
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The fallout of rape as a weapon of war

Research reports and studies | June 2014 | Nicola Jones, Janice Cooper, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall and David Walker
This short paper provides an overview of emerging research findings on the patterns and consequences of sexual violence in post-conflict settings, and highlights the complexities involved in tackling this problem. It draws on recent research with adolescent girls and...
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