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We examined these issues in the context of conducting a study designed to understand adversity, risk, and resilience in the wake of war and displacement (Panter-Brick and Eggerman 2012). We conducted the first systematic, longitudinal, and interdisciplinary study of mental health and resilience in Afghanistan. We interviewed a large sample of 11- to 16-year-olds (1011 youth, both boys and girls), together with their principal caregivers (1011 adults) and school teachers (358), in Kabul, Bamiyan, and Mazar-i-Sharif. We also tracked a small cohort (364 child-adult pairs) in Kabul over a one-year period. Our work examined which aspects of violence and poverty were the most critical predictors of mental health status, and which aspects of individual and social life best characterized the ability to overcome adversity, as expressed by Afghan youth themselves and echoed by family members.

Our large-scale survey was based in schools, which provided the best point of contact to draw a community-level sample, to access both male and female youth, and their male and female caregivers, and provided a safe context for in-depth interviews. The security situation proved very volatile; during 2004, a local non-governmental organization withdrew support for the project because the vehicle transporting the female interviewers had returned after dark; during 2006, our project office was sprayed by gunfire during riots in Kabul; during 2007, suicide bombings in Kabul had become a significant threat. Working with schools made it possible for our field-team (three male and three female Dari/Pashto interviewers, one translator, and a bilingual project manager) to build trust and obtain multiple measures of mental health and social functioning. We wanted a broad picture of Afghan lives, sensitive to age, generation, socioeconomic group, ethnicity, and rural-urban location. Participants engaged well in the research: children told us this was the first time someone had ever asked them about their problems and difficulties, teachers told us this was the first time they had been asked to reflect on how children’s psychological health might hamper their educational performance, and our survey provided the first-ever opportunity for some women, from conservative families, secluded at home to visit their children’s school.

 
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