Resilience and recovery after war: Refugee children and families in the U.S.

A task force report that examines the psychosocial effects of war on children and families who are refugees from armed conflict residing in the U.S.

The Children, Youth, and Families Office has released Resilience and Recovery After War: Refugee Children and Families in the United States.

In the ongoing contentious debate surrounding immigration, the lives and experiences of resettled refugees are often an afterthought. War and armed conflict affect millions of people around the world each year, tens of thousands of whom flee their home countries for the United States.

Recommendations in the report for psychologists and other mental health professionals include:

  • Recognizing and understanding the factors involved in psychosocial adjustment following war and violence 

  • Providing comprehensive mental health services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate 

  • Partnering with members of the refugee community in performing research, advocacy, and mental health care 

  • Adhering to strong ethical standards in the research, practice, and advocacy to protect human rights of refugee communities

For printed copies, contact the Children, Youth, and Families Office at 202-682-5113 or by e-mail.