ERIC Number: EJ890273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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The Kenyan Political Conflict and Children's Adjustment
Kithakye, Mumbe; Morris, Amanda Sheffield; Terranova, Andrew M.; Myers, Sonya S.
Child Development, v81 n4 p1114-1128 Jul-Aug 2010
This study examined pre- and postconflict data from 84 children, ages 3-7 years, living in Kibera, Kenya, during the December 2007 political conflict. Results indicate that children's disaster experiences (home destruction, death of a parent, parent and child harm) are associated with adjustment difficulties and that emotion regulation is an important protective factor postdisaster. Specifically, severity of the disaster experience was associated with increased aggression and decreased prosocial behavior. Emotion regulation was associated with less aggression and more prosocial behavior postconflict. Findings are discussed in the context of a developmental, systems-oriented perspective of the impact of disasters on child adjustment.
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Conflict, Children, Foreign Countries, Emotional Response, Child Welfare, Child Development, Emotional Disturbances, Emotional Adjustment, Death, Parents, Self Control, Aggression, War
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya