Summary Paper of the Research Project "Psychosocial Assistance to Children in Difficult Circumstances in West Africa"

Sunday, June 1, 2008
Alice Behrendt
Western Africa

Psychosocial support comprises all activities that promote the psychological and social well-being and development of children. Fundamental goals of psychosocial support to children are to build up their resilience, to help them overcome trauma and distress and to assist them in developing a sense of belonging, trust in others and themselves and in hope in the future. Important components of psychosocial support programs are the construction of secure attachments with caregivers, meaningful peer relationships and social ties as well as the creation of access to opportunities for cognitive and spiritual development and physical and economic security.

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Summary paper of the research project "Psychosocial assistance to children in difficult circumstances in West Africa"