The Kenyan political conflict and children's adjustment

Mumbe Kithakye, Amanda Sheffield Morris, Andrew M. Terranova, Sonya S. Myers

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This study examined pre- and postconflict data from 84 children, ages 3-7 years, living in Kibera, Kenya, during the December 2007 political conflict. Results indicate that children's disaster experiences (home destruction, death of a parent, parent and child harm) are associated with adjustment difficulties and that emotion regulation is an important protective factor postdisaster. Specifically, severity of the disaster experience was associated with increased aggression and decreased prosocial behavior. Emotion regulation was associated with less aggression and more prosocial behavior postconflict. Findings are discussed in the context of a developmental, systems-oriented perspective of the impact of disasters on child adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1128
Number of pages15
JournalChild Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


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