Preparation of this article was supported in part by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH-49233) to Gary W. Ladd. We are very grateful to Susan Somerville for her support and encouragement throughout the preparation of this special section, and for her thoughtful comments on this manuscript. Special thanks to Helena Lin, who helped us research and confirm the factual content of this article.
Children: Ethnic and Political Violence
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Volume 67, Issue 1, pages 14–18, February 1996
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Ladd, G. W. and Cairns, E. (1996), Children: Ethnic and Political Violence. Child Development, 67: 14–18. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1996.tb01715.x
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Violence stemming from ethnic and political tensions is a problem of increasing proportions throughout the world, and many indicators show that large numbers of children are directly or indirectly exposed to war, political repression, torture, and terrorism. There is growing evidence to suggest that children are at risk under these conditions, and that the consequences of growing up amid danger, chaos, and deprivation can be severe. The articles contained in this special section were assembled to foster greater awareness of this important topic among the readers of Child Development and, hopefully, stimulate new research on ethnic and political violence in many of the disciplines that are represented within the Society for Research in Child Development.