Trauma, Development and Peacebuilding : Toward an Integrated Psychological Approach

Some experts have begun to question the conceptualization of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), arguing that it is a socially created phenomenon with social, political and economic ends. Others question the role and value of a "medicalized" approach to dealing with trauma in conflict zones. The psychosocial approach is an alternative way of thinking about trauma following political violence. The psychosocial approach is concerned with how social conditions relate to mental health - the context of violence, not only its individual consequences.

This project will bring together a group of experts working on trauma and development issues, as well as psychosocial projects. Through a roundtable event and commissioned research, the group will analyze, critique and disaggregate different approaches to trauma while considering their impact on peacebuilding and development processes in societies emerging from conflict. The participants will consider how their views, studies and practices might be consolidated into a unified approach to trauma healing

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Start Date

Monday, October 29, 2007

End Date

Monday, March 23, 2009


12 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 174,000


Middle East, South Asia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Brandon Hamber


University of Ulster

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