Children in Danger: Psychosocial disorders Associated with exposure to Community violence

Imhonde, H.O. ; Onwuka, E.C. (2016-03-01)

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This paper examines Children in danger: Psychological disorders associated with exposure to community violence. A lucid discourse was conducted on the meaning of community violence, effect of exposure to community violence on children and its implication for security and governance in Nigeria. An elaborate explanation was carried out on the fact that children are at greater risk for negative psychological effects, such as fear, distress or acting out aggression if they are victims, they are exposed to chronic or multiple events, rather than a single isolated event, their mothers show distress in reacting to the same violent events and they lack the social support of other understanding adults. Conclusion and nine recommendations were elucidated to help children traumatized early in life to enhance their psychological functioning in order for them to be able to contribute effectively to peace security and good governance in Nigeria.

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