Mental Health of Children in Palestinian Kindergartens: Resilience and Vulnerability
Article first published online: 22 APR 2009
© 2009 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 89–96, May 2009
How to Cite
Massad, S., Javier Nieto, F., Palta, M., Smith, M., Clark, R. and Thabet, A.-A. (2009), Mental Health of Children in Palestinian Kindergartens: Resilience and Vulnerability. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14: 89–96. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2009.00528.x
- Issue published online: 22 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 22 APR 2009
- mental health;
- political violence
Background: Exposure to adversity does not necessarily lead to the development of psychopathology in all affected children. This study examined the factors associated with resilience and vulnerability in mental health in the Gaza Strip in 2007.
Methods: Children selected from a random sample of kindergartens (3-6 years old, N = 350) were assessed for growth and their mothers administered an interview including a psychometric test battery.
Results: Factors associated with resilience were maternal rated good health, higher maternal level of education, and less child exposure to traumatic events. Factors associated with vulnerability were poor maternal mental health, and male gender.
Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance of maternal health and education in affecting children’s mental health.