Mental Health in the Aftermath of Conflict

27 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2009

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Quy-Toan Do

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Lakshmi Iyer

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Date Written: November 17, 2009

Abstract

We survey the recent literature on the mental health effects of conflict. We highlight the methodological challenges faced in this literature, which include the lack of validated mental health scales in a survey context, the difficulties in measuring individual exposure to conflict, and the issues related to making causal inferences from observed correlations. We illustrate how some of these issues can be overcome in a study of mental health in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mental health is measured using a clinically validated scale; conflict exposure is proxied by administrative data on war casualties instead of being self-reported. We find that there are no significant differences in overall mental health across areas which are affected by ethnic conflict to a greater or lesser degree.

Suggested Citation

Do, Quy Toan and Iyer, Lakshmi, Mental Health in the Aftermath of Conflict (November 17, 2009). Harvard Business School BGIE Unit Working Paper No. 10-040. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1504942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1504942

Quy Toan Do

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Lakshmi Iyer (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit ( email )

Cambridge, MA
United States

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