Mental Health in the Aftermath of Conflict

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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 1, 2009

Abstract

The authors survey the recent literature on the mental health effects of conflict. They 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. They 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. The analysis suggests that there are no significant differences in overall mental health across areas which are affected by ethnic conflict to a greater or lesser degree.

Keywords: Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Disease Control & Prevention, Population Policies, Gender and Health, Health Systems Development & Reform

Suggested Citation

Do, Quy Toan and Iyer, Lakshmi, Mental Health in the Aftermath of Conflict (November 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509199

Quy Toan Do (Contact Author)

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Lakshmi Iyer

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

Cambridge, MA
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