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Medical News & Perspectives
August 1, 2007

Mental Health Experts Work to Help Youth Recover From War’s Psychic Toll

JAMA. 2007;298(5):501-503. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.501

San Diego—A boy living in the Palestinian territories told psychiatrist Viveca Hazboun, MD, that he wished to be a suicide bomber.

He also reported frequent dreams of being kidnapped and harmed. “Perhaps you are the kidnapper,” ventured Hazboun, director of the Guidance and Training Center for Children and Families, in the ancient city of Bethlehem. She tried to help the boy understand the consequences of his contemplated act.

Although the boy dropped out of therapy, his grandmother came to the center some months later to hug Hazboun and report that the boy had returned to school.