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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 248-251

IASC Guidelines - generally welcome, but...

Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology at King’s College London and chair of the Foundation for Children and War (

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The author lauds the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings as a remarkable achievement, but in his view they have not sufficiently used scientific evidence. The author also deplores that the concepts of ‘trauma’ and ‘traumatic stress’ remain underplayed and makes a case for early psychological group interventions, as well as for more specific attention to childhood mental disorders in general.

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