Coping With Trauma Among Children in South of Gaza Strip

Abdel Aziz Mousa Thabet* and Sanaa S. Thabet

Coping With Trauma Among Children in South of Gaza Strip.

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between trauma, mental health, and coping strategies among children living in south of Gaza Strip.
Following this election, the International community, through and the European Union have asked the future Hamas-led government to commit to non-violence, to the recognition and to the acceptance of previous obligations  in order to allow international donors to continue providing funds to the PA. Israel has announced that it will withhold monthly tax payments to the
PA, amounting to between US$ 50 million and US$ 65 million per month and constituting about two-thirds of the income derived from Palestinian economic activity.

The aims of this study were (1) To explore the consequences of trauma, in particular the extent to which children suffering from a range of behavioural and emotional disorders becomes the primary driver of violence at the individual, family and community level, (2) To find out the types of coping strategies used by children to overcome the consequences of trauma, (3) To explore the relationship between trauma, PTSD, mental health problems, and coping strategies.

The finding of this study highlighted the need to establish outreach child mental health clinics with multidisciplinary staff at primary health centers to assess and treat children referred from
community agencies and schools after exposure to traumatic events. Also, continuous training programmes conducted by child mental health professionals for primary health physicians
and nurses, in order to enable those professionals to diagnose detect children with PTSD and other psychiatric disorders, and to manage less complex cases at the primary care level.

Psychol Cogn Sci Open J. 2017; 3(2): 36-47. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-3-122