Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Adolescent psychosocial wellbeing in the post conflict context of Sri Lanka - Summary country report: stage 1

Sarala Emmanuel, Kusala Wettasinghe, Fiona Samuels, Sivaprashanthi Thamaiah, Indrani Rajendran, Ananda Galappatti (June 2015) ODI Research Report (London)

This paper is an output of ReBUILD’s Affiliate research partners, the Overseas Development Institute, and their project: Psychosocial support and service provision for adolescent girls in post-conflict settings.

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This summary report describes the first phase of fieldwork from the Sri Lanka component of a ReBUILD-funded two-country study undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (UK), The Good Practice Group (Sri Lanka) and The Carter Center (Liberia) with the support from the ReBUILD Consoritum, a research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development. The study was initiated and designed by Fiona Samuels (project lead) and Nicola Jones of ODI, and the methodology was developed in conjunction with the two country teams. This document summarises the phase one Sri Lanka report prepared by the country leads, Kusala Wettasinghe and Sarala Emmanuel, and presents the findings from fieldwork.

The study seeks to assess if existing services and other responses to the mental health and psychosocial problems experienced by adolescent girls in Sri Lanka’s post-conflict settings are sufficiently informed by an understanding of context, gender and socio-cultural norms.