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Life after death: Helping former child soldiers become whole again

[ Fall 2011 ] Today, among the 87 war-torn countries in which data have been gathered, 300,000–500,000 children are involved with fighting forces as child soldiers. Some, as young as seven, commit unspeakable atrocities: killing parents and siblings, assaulting neighbors, torching the…

Living more safely with guns

There are ways to bring together both sides of the nation’s gun debate to address the public health threat of firearm violence in the United States, which claims an estimated 33,000 lives annually and puts the nation at the top of the…

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Requiring those seeking gun permits to apply in person to local police departments is likely a more effective way to prevent gun-related violence than requiring a federal background check, according to David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Treating depression, anxiety in child soldiers pays off long-term

A study of former child soldiers and other youth impacted by the civil war in Sierra Leone shows that treating the youngsters’ depression and anxiety can have long-lasting payoffs. “We were surprised to see the large role that targeting symptoms of hopelessness…

Better communication, less violence

May 1, 2015 -- Steven Hafner is constantly asking the question “why?” And at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health he’s directing that question to the issue of violence against Native American women. “They experience high, high rates of violence, whether…

Screening tool helps identify sexually exploited children

It can be challenging for health care providers to identify young victims of sexual trafficking due to its hidden nature, poor understanding by law enforcement and other service providers, and psychological factors experienced by victims. But a new study co-authored by two…

Scientists agree: Guns don’t make society safer

Scientists who conduct research on gun violence overwhelmingly agree that firearms make society more dangerous, according to a recent poll conducted by David Hemenway of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Hemenway, an expert on the public health impact of gun…

The draw of ISIS for Western youth

A desire for a new identity and a taste for excitement and violence are among the factors that are attracting a growing number of educated teens and young adults from middle-class backgrounds in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to join the so-called…