Psychosocial health of adolescent participants in a World Vision community-based intervention after experiencing prolonged conflict and natural disasters in Sri Lanka
Method: 216 adolescents, ages 12-18 years, were interviewed. Hope was assesed using the Children’s Hope Scale. The Youth version of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure was used to assess resources (individual, relational, communal and cultural) available to youth that enhance resilience. Seven social support items were drawn from Oxford University’s Young Lives Study.
Findings: The average score on the Children’s Hope Scale was 19.99 (SD= 3.55). Social support findings: the majority of adolescents reported they had someone who could help them with a religious matter, their studies, problems at home and school and when they needed money. The average score on the Resilience Scale was 121.68 (SD= 14.49). Adolescents who participated in a higher number of intervention activities, and attended a Child Club meeting had higher scores hope and resilience scores.
Implications: Addressing the psychosocial support needs of children and adolescent survivors of disasters is critical. Further research into the efficacy of mental health and psychosocial support programs among children and adolescents in disaster settings is urgently needed.
1 Muller, R.T. (2013). The invisible trauma of war-affected children. The Trauma & Mental Health Report.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Public health or related research
Describe World Vision’s community-based approach to providing psychosocial support to children and adolescents exposed to a disaster. Explain the multidimensional aspects of psychosocial health in adolescents and list different instruments that may be applicable among this population. Compare and contrast World Vision’s community-based approach to psychosocial support to other psychosocial support interventions conducted after a disaster.
Keyword(s): Disasters, Adolescents
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