Study published: Support interventions for women affected by armed conflicts


A recent scoping review published in Archives of Public Health examined interventions promoting health and wellbeing among women affected by armed conflicts and forced migration. Despite promising outcomes in mental health, the review shows a scarcity of tailored interventions and no clear focus regarding outcome measures could be identified.

A woman with four children, next to a refugee camp

Health-related risks
Women affected by armed conflicts and/or are forced to migrate face several health-related risks, including mental health burdens and gender-based violence. Addressing these issues requires an understanding of the needs of these women’s needs and their experiences, as well as efforts to provide tailored support interventions.

Diverse intervention strategies
In this scoping review, 13 studies were analyzed from over 16,000 records identified through systematic searches in five databases. The review highlights diverse intervention strategies, including skill building and empowerment techniques. Thirteen techniques used within different interventions were identified, alongside five categories of components used within these interventions. Among these categories, skill building emerged as the most prevalent.

Need for further research
Although a limited number of studies show positive outcomes for women's mental health, the researchers conclude that there is a need for further empirical research into interventions that address women’s needs.

Read the full paper “Support interventions to promote health and wellbeing among women with health-related consequences following traumatic experiences linked to armed conflicts and forced migration: a scoping review”. It is written by Linda Jolof, Patricia Rocca, and Tommy Carlsson.

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Last modified: 2023-03-24