New Approaches to the Diagnosis of Mental State in Children Experiencing Extreme Stress Events


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Abstract

Studies of children from refugee and forced migrant families from international (military) conflicts revealed the characteristics of the mental state and behavior of children and the principles of organization of the treatment and rehabilitation of these children. Mental and behavioral impairments at specific times after mental trauma (the acute, subacute, and long-term periods) were described in relation to age (preschool and school-age/adolescent children), and also in relation to parents' behavior. The organization of treatment is addressed in relation to the cooperation of different medical specialists (psychiatrists, psychotherapists), psychologists, and social workers. General recommendations are given.

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