Evaluation of Stakeholders' Experiences of Impact of WACIT Interprofessional Training

                                   Panos Vostanis, John Maltby, Michelle O'Reilly, Charlie Jackson & Elizabeth Anderson​​

Following the completion of the first phase of the project, we established key stakeholders' views and experiences, as well as their recommendations how to revise and improve it in the next phase, thus aim for more sustainable results.  To this effect, the aim of this study was to establish evidence on stakeholders' experiences of the international training workshops and related activities in six countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia and Brazil).  Through semi-structured interviews, we explored experiences of the training workshops and related events, the role of the organisations, the children they serve and challenges they may be facing in meeting their psychosocial needs.  Ultimately, the objective of this study was to establish views and recommendations how we can build on this initiative, and particularly how to make it sustainable to help more children in the future.

Children's Conceptualization of Resilience in India and Kenya

John Maltby, Naved Iqbal, Elijah Getanda & Panos Vostanis

Although resilience is increasingly influential in research and development of interventions, there is limited knowledge on children's concepts, particularly across different developmental and cultural groups.

The aim of this study is to develop such a child-led model based on participatory school class observations in primary and secondary schools in areas of disadvantage in New Delhi, India, and Nakuru, Kenya. Children's definitions in their own language will inform the development of a resilience questionnaire to be tested with larger samples in the same populations.

                        International Child Mental Health Study Group Surveys 
       Dejan Stevanovic, Serbia; Olayinka Atilola, Nigeria; Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, India;                                          Mohamad Avicenna, Indonesia; Hasan Kandemir, Turkey; Knez Rajna
                      and Franic Toslav,  Croatia; Petrov Petar, Bulgaria; Panos Vostanis, UK 

This group of researchers from low and middle-income income countries completed, without any resources, an international school child mental health survey that has provided
evidence to respective governments to plan services. A current project is looking at the impact of traumatic events on child mental health. The ICMHG co-ordinates a Network, and provides free advice and support to young clinicians and researchers from low income countries.


This project examined the relationship between being exposed to war trauma and mental health problems among Syrian refugee living in Turkey. In particular, it investigated the role of parenting and attachment styles as protective and risk factors on this relationship. The first study was followed by a feasibility evaluation of theraplay with refugee children and their parents.

Eruyar, S., Huemer, J. & Vostanis, P. (2017) How should refugee services respond to the refugee crisis? Child and Adolescent Mental Health, doi:10.1111/camh.12252

Eruyar, S., Maltby, J. & Vostanis, P. (2017) Mental health problems of Syrian refugee children: The role of parental factors. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Role of Parenting Factors in the Association between War Trauma and Mental Health Problems among Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey
Seyda Eruyar 

Psychosocial Intervention for Children Victims
of Ethnic Conflict in Kenya

Getanda, E., O’Reilly, M. & Vostanis, P. (2017) Exploring the challenges of meeting child mental health needs through community engagement in Kenya. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 22, 201-208.

Elijah Getanda

Focus groups with stakeholders (children, parents, teachers and other professionals) established perspectives on the cultural adaptation of psychosocial interventions in a disadvantaged area of Nakuru, Kenya. This was followed by a feasibility evaluation of a psychoeducation intervention for children exposed to ethnic violence and presenting with emotional problems.

Mental Health Needs of Young  People in Care in Turkey
Fatih Sobaci

This study explored the conceptualization of mental health problems and associated causes, as well as experiences of mental health supports within the care system and by mental health services for young people in care in Turkey. Stekaholder perspectives were established in 37 interviews with young people, caregivers, social workers and mental health professionals in Istanbul.
The Protective Role of Individual, Family and Community Factors among Children Exposed to Civil War in Libya
Ahmad Faraq
This study adopted the socioecological framework in investigating the role of resilience factors in 100 internally discplaced children in Libya. Their coping strategies, family and community supports were rated by children and their parents, as well as general mental health and PTSD symptoms.


The Protective Role of Religious Coping Strategies on Child Mental Health
in Saudi Arabia 

Nouf Alshehri

Also by adopting the socioecological resilience framework, this study will investigate the specific role that religious coping strategies play in relation to family and community supports and other factors in mederating the impact of disadvanatage among children in Saudi Arabia.

A Creative Resilience-Building Intervention
for Refugee Children in the UK
Virginia Kocik
A school-based creative group intervention to strengthen refugee children's resilience in being evaluated for its feasibility in a London primary school. This was adapted following needs-led recommendations by refugee children, their parents and teachers.