ERIC Number: ED393552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Children Cope with the Stresses of War: A Manual for Parents and Teachers.
The disruptive problem behaviors with which children often respond to wartime stresses can leave parents and teachers feeling helpless and discouraged. This manual is intended to provide simple, practical advice for parents and teachers in communities where children are daily subjected to the extreme stress of war and other forms of systematic violence. Part 1 describes wartime experiences and provides keys to understanding the distinction between "normal" and "severe" reactions. Part 2 proposes general guidelines--one set for teachers, another for parents--for dealing constructively with reactions to stress. The chapters are: (1) "Nine Wartime Experiences that Cause Stress in Children," including death of loved ones, refugee status, and exposure to violence as witness and as victim; (2) "Understanding Children's Reactions to Wartime Stresses"; (3) "Children's Normal Reactions to Wartime Stresses," divided by preschool, young child, and adolescent age groups; (4) "Home and School Support for Children and Adolescents"; (5) "Ten Specific Problems--Advice for Parents and Teachers," including clinging, depression, and risk-taking; and (6) "When a Child-Care Specialist is Needed." Additional sources for information on helping children cope with wartime trauma are included. (HTH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Childhood Needs, Children, Coping, Emotional Problems, Emotional Response, Parent Child Relationship, Stress Management, Teacher Student Relationship, War
UNICEF, 3 UN Plaza, DH-49B, New York, NY 10017 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Traumas; Victims of War; Witnesses to Violence