#BringBackOurGirls: Let’s Take Action

Psychology Benefits Society


By Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD (Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association)

The world is justifiably horrified at the abduction and trafficking of nearly 300 schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. It is critical that the world understand the psychological impact of this terrorist act on the girls and their families. I reached out to psychologists with expertise in trauma, trafficking, international psychology, and the psychology of women and girls for their thoughts on how to respond to this crisis:

Clearly this experience must be incredibly traumatic for the girls and their families. What mental health needs must be met?

The parents of the Nigerian school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram will not only require mental health support while they wait for the outcome of the abduction of their daughters, but also after the girls come home. The families are likely…

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