Post-war Perspectives of Youth across the Former-Yugoslavia

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
1219 International Affairs Building

Colette Daiute
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

"I spent my whole life in the war and I am always sympathetic towards people who are going through the same thing as we have," -- 21 year-old Curcia in Sarajevo.

Previous research on the psycho-social consequences of war has focused on damage to those directly involved and prevention among those in the post-war generation. In contrast, the inquiry discussed in this presentation examines how young people growing up in diverse ositions of the post-war Western Balkan ontext understand the challenges and pportunities in their societies. Toward this goal of exploring the interdependent development of individuals and society, Daiute will discuss the design and results of a study with young people aged 12 to 27 growing up in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, erbia, and a refugee community in the U.S. The talk will highlight nsights that differ from some common ssumptions about the concerns of youth in post-war situations.

Colette Daiute, currently a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute, is Professor and Deputy Executive Officer of Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Daiute's research focuses on social development among youth in situations of political-economic crisis and transition.