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Adolescents and WarHow Youth Deal with Political Violence$
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Brian K Barber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343359.001.0001

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An Overview of the Empirical Literature on Adolescents and Political Violence

An Overview of the Empirical Literature on Adolescents and Political Violence

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Adolescents and War

Brian K. Barber

Julie Mikles Schluterman

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an assessment of the available evidence in the research literature on how youth experience political violence. It focuses not only in evaluating the evidence for the empirical associations between exposure and/or involvement in political violence and aspects of adolescent functioning, but in how the research literature has chosen to measure conflict experiences and youth functioning. It begins with a detailed overview of past and current quantitative, empirical efforts to study political violence and its associations with youth functioning, and provides a review of 95 qualifying studies. It argues that the current state of research remains relatively simplistic both in scope (i.e. narrow definitions of conflict and functioning) and in findings, and offers recommendations for how research on this topic could provide a better understanding of the complexities inherent in youth experiences with political violence.

Keywords:   empirical research, youth, adolescents, war, political violence, competent functioning, gender, coping, trauma, complexity

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