Parenting in times of conflict and war

Families facing conflict, flight, displacement and war often experience high levels of stress and uncertainty. Research demonstrates that one of the most important predictors for the mental health of children who experience conflict and displacement, is the way that they are cared for by their families. Warm, positive parenting can help buffer children from psychological harm. It is important to support adults who are looking after a child or children in these stressful situations. This support can consist of evidence-based parenting information specifically for this topic.

The University of Manchester has developed a leaflet with practical tips and information on parenting, based on previous research on parenting in Syrian war zones. Professionals and volunteers in all countries where families flee to, can use these materials to support parenting practices of families.
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This information explains that anxiety, nightmares, bedwetting, withdrawal and even aggression are common responses to childhood trauma. The leaflet also offers reminders and suggestions for parents regarding ways they can look after themselves and their children.

The leaflet is based on the research of Prof. dr. Rachel Calam and Prof. dr. Aala El-Khani, University of Manchester psychologists and parenting trainers, who developed numerous family skills interventions and parenting resources while working in Syrian refugee camps.

A TED Talk by Prof. dr. Aala El-Khani called 'What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone', which has had 1.1 million views so far, has been made an Editor's Pick on the TED Talk frontpage.

On Thursday April 21 we are organizing a free webinar on parenting in conflict situations and these leaflets.
More information and registration