Mental health in the aftermath of conflict
AbstractThe authors survey the recent literature on the mental health effects of conflict. They highlight the methodological challenges faced in this literature, which include the lack of validated mental health scales in a survey context, the difficulties in measuring individual exposure to conflict, and the issues related to making causal inferences from observed correlations. They illustrate how some of these issues can be overcome in a study of mental health in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mental health is measured using a clinically validated scale; conflict exposure is proxied by administrative data on war casualties instead of being self-reported. The analysis suggests that there are no significant differences in overall mental health across areas which are affected by ethnic conflict to a greater or lesser degree.
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- Quy-Toan Do & Lakshmi Iyer, 2009. "Mental Health in the Aftermath of Conflict," Harvard Business School Working Papers, Harvard Business School 10-040, Harvard Business School.
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