Category Archives: scholarship

Ethical Issues in Working with Children in War Zones: Chapter by Dr. Gillian Straker

Straker, G. (1996). Ethical Issues in Working with Children in War Zones. In: Apfel, R. & Simon, B. (Eds). Minefields in their Hearts: The Mental Health of Children in War and Communal Violence. Yale University Press, 18-32. Gillian Straker is a … Continue reading

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The Effect of Political Violence in the First Intifada on Palestinian Children’s Mental Health: Scholarly Analysis

In 2000, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem interviewed nearly 1,200 Palestinian adolescents in Jerusalem and the West Bank about their childhood experiences of the First Intifada and current mental health. Haj-Yahia concluded that exposure to curfew, … Continue reading

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Psychosomatic Effects of Israeli Security Policies on Palestinian Children: Scholarly Analysis

In 2007, a team of mental-health researchers from Birzeit University (Palestine) and Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada) surveyed more than 3,000 Palestinian high school students from in and around Ramallah about their experiences of the Israel-Palestine conflict and their mental health. … Continue reading


The Effects of Home Demolition on Palestinian Children and Families: Scholarly Analysis

In 1997, mental-health researchers Samir Qouta, Raiji-Lena Punamäki, and Eyad El Saraj interviewed 85 Palestinians, including 38 children, who experienced or witnessed the Israeli army’s demolition of private homes in the Gaza Strip. The researchers concluded that the demolitions produced negative … Continue reading

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