1st Edition

Public Health, Mental Health, and Mass Atrocity Prevention

    260 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This multidisciplinary volume considers the role of both public health and mental health policies and practices in the prevention of mass atrocity, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

    The authors address atrocity prevention through the framework of primary (pre-conflict), secondary (mid-conflict), and tertiary (post-conflict) settings. They examine the ways in which public health and mental health scholars and practitioners currently orient their research and interventions and the ways in which we can adapt frameworks, methods, tools, and practice toward a more sophisticated and truly interdisciplinary understanding and application of atrocity prevention. The book brings together diverse fields of study by global north and global south authors in diverse contexts. It culminates in a narrative that demonstrates the state of the current fields on intersecting themes within public health, mental health, and mass atrocity prevention and the future potential directions in which these intersections could go. Such discussions will serve to influence both policy makers and practitioners in these fields toward developing, adapting, and testing frames and tools for atrocity prevention. Multidisciplinary perspectives are represented among editors and authors, including law, political science, international studies, public health, mental health, philosophy, clinical psychology, social psychology, history, and peace studies.


    Part I: Linking Concepts of Public Health, Mental Health, and Mass Atrocity Prevention

    Chapter 1: (Re)Conceptualizing Atrocity Crimes as Public Health Catastrophes
    Randle C. DeFalco

    Chapter 2: Supporting Mental Health in Conflict-Affected Settings: Effectiveness, Innovation, and Contemporary Challenges
    Laura Miller-Graff

    Chapter 3: Does it Feel like Justice to You?
    Ellie Smith

    Part II: Supporting Mental and Public Health Prevention Work in Pre-Atrocity, Atrocity, and Post-Atrocity Settings

    Chapter 4: Over-Policed and Under Protected: Police Violence as a Symptom and Cause of Urban Violence in America’s Black Communities
    James A. Densley

    Chapter 5: Hatred Against Roma in Times of Pandemic
    Margareta Matache, Jennifer Leaning, and Jacqueline Bhabha

    Chapter 6: A Public Health Practice with an Integrated Psychosocial Approach:

    Care Workers Serving Victims of Human Rights Violations in Ecuador
    Carolina Guzmán

    Part III: Group Identity, Victim Impact, and Community Relationships in Atrocity Contexts

    Chapter 7: Syria after a Decade of Atrocity: Toward a Holistic Healing and Prevention Strategy
    Majd AlGhatrif and Iyad Alkhouri

    Chapter 8: Considering Intergroup Humiliation as a Risk Factor for Conflict and Violence Relapse and for Post-Conflict Mental Health Problems
    Nuwan Jayawickreme, Brittney Vargas-Estrella, Justin Lacasse, and Eranda Jayawickreme

    Chapter 9: Masculinity and Moral Sonhood among Former Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) Members in Mexico and Colombia
    Erin K. McFee and Cecilia Dedios Sanguineti

    Part IV: Ways Forward

    Chapter 10: Multidisciplinary Needs and Assets Assessment for Atrocity Prevention: 

    Values, Competencies, and Implications for Education, Training, and Collaboration
    John M. McConnell

    Chapter 11: Adapting a Transdiagnostic Mental Health Approach based on Prescriptive Matching in Post-Genocide Rwanda
    Thröstur Björgvinsson, Myria Ioannouis, Eugène Rutembesa, Anastasios Petrou, Georgia Christou and Alexandros Lordos


    Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum is Associate Professor of Clinical Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she directs the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic and the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR).

    Caitlin O. Mahoney is Associate Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State University in St Paul, MN.

    Amy E. Meade is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently holds a joint faculty appointment as a Part-Time Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and as Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital.

    Arlan F. Fuller is the Chief Operating Officer of Conflict Dynamics International. He worked for 12 years at Harvard University’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, serving as its executive director for seven years.