Theresa S Betancourt

Summary

Affiliation: Harvard University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Sierra Leone's former child soldiers: a longitudinal study of risk, protective factors, and mental health
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 49:606-15. 2010
  2. ncbi request reprint HIV and Child Mental Health: A Case-Control Study in Rwanda
    Theresa Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
    Pediatrics 134:e464-72. 2014
  3. pmc Validation of the "World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule for children, WHODAS-Child" in Rwanda
    Pamela Scorza
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e57725. 2013
  4. pmc A qualitative case study of child protection issues in the Indian construction industry: investigating the security, health, and interrelated rights of migrant families
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    BMC Public Health 13:858. 2013
  5. pmc Annual Research Review: Mental health and resilience in HIV/AIDS-affected children-- a review of the literature and recommendations for future research
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population François Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 54:423-44. 2013
  6. pmc Trajectories of internalizing problems in war-affected Sierra Leonean youth: examining conflict and postconflict factors
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Child Dev 84:455-70. 2013
  7. doi request reprint Trauma history and psychopathology in war-affected refugee children referred for trauma-related mental health services in the United States
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Trauma Stress 25:682-90. 2012
  8. doi request reprint Validating the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children in Rwanda
    Theresa Betancourt
    Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, François Xavier Bagnoud FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 51:1284-92. 2012
  9. doi request reprint Moderators of treatment effectiveness for war-affected youth with depression in northern Uganda
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Adolesc Health 51:544-50. 2012
  10. pmc Connectedness, social support and internalising emotional and behavioural problems in adolescents displaced by the Chechen conflict
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, FXB Building 7th Floor, Room 709D, Boston, MA 02115, United States
    Disasters 36:635-55. 2012

Detail Information

Publications36

  1. pmc Sierra Leone's former child soldiers: a longitudinal study of risk, protective factors, and mental health
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 49:606-15. 2010
    ....
  2. ncbi request reprint HIV and Child Mental Health: A Case-Control Study in Rwanda
    Theresa Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
    Pediatrics 134:e464-72. 2014
    ..This study compares mental health problems and risk and protective factors in HIV-positive, HIV-affected (due to caregiver HIV), and HIV-unaffected children in Rwanda...
  3. pmc Validation of the "World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule for children, WHODAS-Child" in Rwanda
    Pamela Scorza
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e57725. 2013
    ..The aim of this study was to assess the WHODAS-Child structure and metric properties in a community sample of children with and without reported psychosocial problems in rural Rwanda...
  4. pmc A qualitative case study of child protection issues in the Indian construction industry: investigating the security, health, and interrelated rights of migrant families
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    BMC Public Health 13:858. 2013
    ..We examined risk and protective factors influencing the basic rights and protections of children and families living and working at a construction site outside Delhi...
  5. pmc Annual Research Review: Mental health and resilience in HIV/AIDS-affected children-- a review of the literature and recommendations for future research
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population François Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 54:423-44. 2013
    ....
  6. pmc Trajectories of internalizing problems in war-affected Sierra Leonean youth: examining conflict and postconflict factors
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Child Dev 84:455-70. 2013
    ..Despite the comparative resilience of most war-affected youth in the face of extreme adversity, there remains a compelling need for interventions that address family- and community-level stressors...
  7. doi request reprint Trauma history and psychopathology in war-affected refugee children referred for trauma-related mental health services in the United States
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Trauma Stress 25:682-90. 2012
    ..Given the difficulties associated with access to mental health services for refugees, both preventive and community-based interventions within family, school, and peer systems hold particular promise...
  8. doi request reprint Validating the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children in Rwanda
    Theresa Betancourt
    Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, François Xavier Bagnoud FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 51:1284-92. 2012
    ..Although the CES-DC is widely used for depression screening in high-income countries, its validity in low-income and culturally diverse settings, including sub-Saharan Africa, is unknown...
  9. doi request reprint Moderators of treatment effectiveness for war-affected youth with depression in northern Uganda
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Adolesc Health 51:544-50. 2012
    ..The current study investigated how gender and history of abduction by Lord's Resistance Army rebels moderated treatment outcomes for war-affected youth...
  10. pmc Connectedness, social support and internalising emotional and behavioural problems in adolescents displaced by the Chechen conflict
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, FXB Building 7th Floor, Room 709D, Boston, MA 02115, United States
    Disasters 36:635-55. 2012
    ..Results indicate that family connectedness is an important protective factor requiring further exploration by gender in war-affected adolescents...
  11. doi request reprint Caregiver and adolescent mental health in Ethiopian Kunama refugees participating in an emergency education program
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, François Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Adolesc Health 51:357-65. 2012
    ..To examine the role of caregiver mental health and risk and protective factors in influencing levels of internalizing and externalizing emotional and behavioral symptoms over time among a sample of refugee adolescents...
  12. ncbi request reprint Interrelatedness of child health, protection and well-being: an application of the SAFE model in Rwanda
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, François Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Ave, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Soc Sci Med 74:1504-11. 2012
    ..Analysis of this interrelatedness provides a roadmap for improving policies and implementing integrated and robust child protection strategies in Rwanda and other settings...
  13. doi request reprint Child soldiers: reintegration, pathways to recovery, and reflections from the field
    Theresa Stichick Betancourt
    Child Health and Human Rights, Department of Population and International Health Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Dev Behav Pediatr 29:138-41. 2008
  14. pmc The mental health of children affected by armed conflict: protective processes and pathways to resilience
    Theresa Stichick Betancourt
    Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA 02115, USA
    Int Rev Psychiatry 20:317-28. 2008
    ..Cultural and community influences such as attitudes towards mental health and healing as well as the meaning given to the experience of war itself are also important aspects of the larger social ecology...
  15. pmc Assessing local instrument reliability and validity: a field-based example from northern Uganda
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Dept of Population and International Health, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 44:685-92. 2009
    ..noncases on local syndrome terms was confirmed in the data for all of the three depression-like syndromes, but not for the anxiety-like syndrome ma lwor or the conduct problem kwo maraco...
  16. pmc A qualitative study of mental health problems among children displaced by war in northern Uganda
    Theresa Stichick Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Transcult Psychiatry 46:238-56. 2009
    ..The descriptions of these local syndromes were similar to western mood, anxiety and conduct disorders, but included culture-specific elements...
  17. pmc Sierra Leone's child soldiers: war exposures and mental health problems by gender
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    J Adolesc Health 49:21-8. 2011
    ..To examine associations between war experiences, mental health, and gender in a sample of male and female Sierra Leonean former child soldiers...
  18. pmc Family-centred approaches to the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA
    J Int AIDS Soc 13:S2. 2010
    ..We describe findings and barriers to the delivery of family-centred PMTCT and identify a number of promising new directions that may achieve more holistic services for children and families...
  19. pmc Nothing can defeat combined hands (Abashize hamwe ntakibananira): protective processes and resilience in Rwandan children and families affected by HIV/AIDS
    Theresa Stichick Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Soc Sci Med 73:693-701. 2011
    ....
  20. pmc Understanding locally, culturally, and contextually relevant mental health problems among Rwandan children and adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    AIDS Care 23:401-12. 2011
    ....
  21. pmc Sierra Leone's former child soldiers: a follow-up study of psychosocial adjustment and community reintegration
    Theresa Stichick Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Child Dev 81:1077-95. 2010
    ..Retention in school was also associated with greater prosocial attitudes...
  22. ncbi request reprint Children affected by HIV/AIDS: SAFE, a model for promoting their security, health, and development
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Psychol Health Med 15:243-65. 2010
    ....
  23. pmc Past horrors, present struggles: the role of stigma in the association between war experiences and psychosocial adjustment among former child soldiers in Sierra Leone
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Soc Sci Med 70:17-26. 2010
    ..These findings point to the complexity of psychosocial adjustment and community reintegration in these youth and have a number of programmatic and policy implications...
  24. ncbi request reprint Psychosocial adjustment and mental health in former child soldiers--systematic review of the literature and recommendations for future research
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 54:17-36. 2013
    ..This article reviews the available quantitative research on psychosocial adjustment and mental health among children (age <18 years) associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG)--commonly referred to as child soldiers...
  25. pmc Post-traumatic stress symptoms among former child soldiers in Sierra Leone: follow-up study
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Br J Psychiatry 203:196-202. 2013
    ..Former child soldiers are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); however, the trajectory of symptoms has yet to be examined...
  26. pmc The role of health systems factors in facilitating access to psychotropic medicines: a cross-sectional analysis of the WHO-AIMS in 63 low- and middle-income countries
    Ryan McBain
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS Med 9:e1001166. 2012
    ..While access to psychotropic medicines varies substantially across countries, no studies to date have empirically investigated potential health systems factors underlying this issue...
  27. doi request reprint Multi-tier mental health program for refugee youth
    B Heidi Ellis
    Department of Psychiatry, Children s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 81:129-40. 2013
    ....
  28. doi request reprint Disease burden and mental health system capacity: WHO Atlas study of 117 low- and middle-income countries
    Ryan McBain
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Br J Psychiatry 201:444-50. 2012
    ..Studies have yet to examine whether the capacity of mental health systems might be adversely affected by the burdens of unrelated conditions such as HIV/AIDS...
  29. ncbi request reprint Family-based prevention of mental health problems in children affected by HIV and AIDS: an open trial
    Theresa S Betancourt
    aDepartment of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health bFrançois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA cPartners In Health Inshuti Mu Buzima, Rwinkwavu, Rwanda dDepartment of Psychiatry, Boston Children s Hospital ePartners In Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA fDepartment of Clinical Psychology, University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda
    AIDS 28:S359-68. 2014
    ..The objective of this study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention to reduce mental health problems and bolster resilience among children living in households affected by caregiver HIV in Rwanda...
  30. ncbi request reprint Interventions for children affected by war: an ecological perspective on psychosocial support and mental health care
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA Theresa_
    Harv Rev Psychiatry 21:70-91. 2013
    ..To date, a range of psychosocial approaches and clinical/psychiatric interventions has been used to address mental health needs in these groups...
  31. ncbi request reprint Stressors, supports and the social ecology of displacement: psychosocial dimensions of an emergency education program for Chechen adolescents displaced in Ingushetia, Russia
    Theresa Stichick Betancourt
    Center for International Health and Development, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Cult Med Psychiatry 29:309-40. 2005
    ..The programmatic and policy implications of these findings are presented here...
  32. pmc Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among Haitian immigrant students: implications for access to mental health services and educational programming
    Mary C Smith Fawzi
    Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
    BMC Public Health 9:482. 2009
    ..s...
  33. pmc Developing and validating the Youth Conduct Problems Scale-Rwanda: a mixed methods approach
    Lauren C Ng
    FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 9:e100549. 2014
    ..The YCPS-R is a locally-derived measure of Rwandan youth conduct problems that demonstrated good psychometric properties and could be used for further research. ..
  34. pmc Context matters: community characteristics and mental health among war-affected youth in Sierra Leone
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 55:217-26. 2014
    ....
  35. ncbi request reprint Developing an African youth psychosocial assessment: an application of item response theory
    Theresa S Betancourt
    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Int J Methods Psychiatr Res 23:142-60. 2014
    ..The AYPA is a refined dimensional assessment of emotional and behavioral problems in African youth with good psychometric properties. Validation studies in other cultures are recommended...
  36. ncbi request reprint Mental health in postwar afghanistan
    Paul Bolton
    JAMA 292:626-8. 2004