Discussion guide 3: Understanding the psychosocial needs of refugee children and adolescents

Author-Margaret McCallin

This paper assesses the psychosocial model with reference to displaced and war-affected children and adolescents.The author reviews critical issues and special needs arising from children’s experiences, and discusses how psychosocial programming can meet these needs.The paper mainly assumes a child rights based approach, but it also gives an overview of the child development based approach. Throughout the paper the author poses a number of ‘tasks’ to the reader, which are intended to broaden the student’s understanding of the needs that refugee children and adolescents, as a distinct group, present.

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