Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless?

Ertl V, Neuner F (2014)
BMC Medicine 12(1).

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Abstract
In recent years, different approaches to large-scale mental health service provision for children in war-affected, mainly low-and middle-income, countries have been developed. Some school-based programs aiming at both strengthening resilience and reducing symptoms of trauma-related distress have been evaluated. In an article published in BMC Medicine, Tol and colleagues integrate their findings of the efficacy of universal school-based intervention across four countries and do not recommend classroom-based intervention as a treatment of trauma-related symptoms, since no consistent positive effects were found. On the contrary, for some children this type of universal intervention may impair recovery. Since universal school-based programs similar to the one evaluated here are widely implemented, Tol et al.'s results are highly relevant to inform the field of mental health service provision in war-affected countries.
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Ertl V, Neuner F. Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless? BMC Medicine. 2014;12(1).
Ertl, V., & Neuner, F. (2014). Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless? BMC Medicine, 12(1).
Ertl, V., and Neuner, F. (2014). Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless? BMC Medicine 12.
Ertl, V., & Neuner, F., 2014. Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless? BMC Medicine, 12(1).
V. Ertl and F. Neuner, “Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless?”, BMC Medicine, vol. 12, 2014.
Ertl, V., Neuner, F.: Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless? BMC Medicine. 12, (2014).
Ertl, Verena, and Neuner, Frank. “Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless?”. BMC Medicine 12.1 (2014).
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