Trajectories of internalizing problems in war-affected Sierra Leonean youth: examining conflict and postconflict factors.

@article{Betancourt2013TrajectoriesOI,
  title={Trajectories of internalizing problems in war-affected Sierra Leonean youth: examining conflict and postconflict factors.},
  author={Theresa Stichick Betancourt and Ryan K McBain and Elizabeth A. Newnham and Robert T Brennan},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2013},
  volume={84 2},
  pages={455-70}
}
Three waves of data from a prospective longitudinal study in Sierra Leone were used to examine internalizing trajectories in 529 war-affected youth (ages 10-17 at baseline; 25% female). Latent class growth analyses identified 4 trajectories: A large majority of youth maintained lower levels of internalizing problems (41.4%) or significantly improved over time (47.6%) despite very limited access to care, but smaller proportions continued to report severe difficulties 6 years postwar (4.5%) or… CONTINUE READING
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