The Kenyan Political Conflict and Children’s Adjustment
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2010
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Volume 81, Issue 4, pages 1114–1128, July/August 2010
How to Cite
Kithakye, M., Morris, A. S., Terranova, A. M. and Myers, S. S. (2010), The Kenyan Political Conflict and Children’s Adjustment. Child Development, 81: 1114–1128. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01457.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2010
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.