Growing Up Amid War Affects Children's Moral Development
Proving once again that war is not good. I can't believe this must be happening, but I agree with this research. Minus a solid social foundation, which is usually prevalent during wars, the morale is low. To quote the article -
Colombian children living in war zones exhibited an understanding that stealing or hurting others is wrong. But when asked to consider revenge as a motive, many said it is acceptable to steal or hurt others for revenge. These vulnerabilities were more pronounced among teenagers.
Those are the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah. This is one of the first studies to consider how growing up in a war zone affects children's moral development.
Children in about 50 countries worldwide are growing up in the midst of armed conflict and its aftermath. In Colombia, where almost 2 million children have been forcibly displaced from their homes over the past 15 years, the researchers sought to determine how living amid violence, lawlessness, and deprivation affects the way children think about right and wrong.