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Qualitative Research Methods for Mental Health in War and Conflict

Understand the importance of mental health research in areas of war and conflict and strengthen your qualitative research skills.

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Learn about the effects of conflict on people’s mental health

There is a prevalence of ill mental health due to conflict and war-affected populations worldwide. Yet, we lack locally relevant and reliable mental health information as research capacity and resources are insufficient.

This four-week course will expose you to various research methodologies, skills and resources.

You will develop the qualitative research skills needed to explore these intersections and design your own research project.

What’s more, you will explore relevant case studies which focus on the particularly vulnerable. With this knowledge, you will learn about the ethical challenges you could face when conducting research with war-affected populations and learn how to adapt different research methods to these communities.

Receive qualitative research method training to strengthen your skills

You will receive training on qualitative research methods that include topics such as project development, sampling techniques, various data collection methods, dissemination, coding and analysis.

This will equip you to conduct qualitative research using different methods suited to your subject matter. Your knowledge will also assist you in collecting and disseminating your findings successfully.

Develop a research project using qualitative methods and strategies

Your learning will culminate in the designing of a research project. You will need to apply a range of qualitative methods and strategies focusing on mental health in contexts of war and conflict.

You will be guided by the mental health research experts at King’s College London and Birzeit University who will enable you to develop your project successfully and equip you with transferable research skills.

What topics will you cover?

  • The impact of war and conflict on health including mental health
  • The ethics of researching vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research on mental health in war and conflict
  • Research project development (Finding a research topic, developing research questions, deciding on a sampling approach)
  • Qualitative research methods (Observations, semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions)
  • Qualitative data analysis (Coding, theme development, thematic analysis)
  • Communication and dissemination of research findings (The elevator pitch; conference presentations, poster presentations, infographics)

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand the intersection between research methods, mental health and war and conflict
  • Adapt research methods to populations suffering from mental health and psychosocial problems due to their exposure to war and conflict
  • Design a research project and apply a range of qualitative methods including sampling, data collection and analysis
  • Develop bespoke methodological strategies for researching topics focusing on mental and psychosocial health in contexts of war and conflict
  • Present and disseminate their research findings in different contexts including academia, policy, and advocacy

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those working in the field of mental health and psychosocial support.

It will be particularly helpful for mental health and psychosocial researchers and practitioners working in different parts of the world which are affected by war and conflict.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Hanna Kienzler is an Associate Professor at King's College London. She conducts ethnographic and participatory research on mental health related issues in Kosovo, Palestine and Nepal.

I am a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at King’s College London. I have a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology. Currently working on Research for Health in Conflict project, focusing on mental health.

Holds a PhD in sociology/demography and is an Assistant Professor of public health and the coordinator of the mental health unit at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University

holds MSc degree in Clinical Neuropsychiatry from King's College London. Hala works as a research assistant in the Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH).

I am a PhD Candidate, Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant at King’s College London. My research explores the experiences of young girls offered cervical cancer vaccinations in Rwanda.

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

Birzeit University

Birzeit University, the oldest Palestinian university in the town of Birzeit, is a leading educational institution and intellectual hub committed to community engagement and research through its multidisciplinary centers and institutes.

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