An evidence-based analysis of the psychosocial adaptability of conflict-exposed adolescents
and the role of the education system as a protective environment
The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges adolescents face in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine and inform relevant policy and programme design processes, most notably the on-going educational reform as outlined in the “New Ukrainian School” strategy document. To this end, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), supported by the UN Coordination Office, collaborated with the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) for the implementation of a large-scale quantitative study, with an overall sample of 3,331 adolescents from 48 educational institutions in government-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. The study investigated the impact of conflict exposure as well as micro-systemic risks on adolescent development, then sought to identify potential sources of resilience that might interrupt pathways from risk exposure to detrimental outcomes of development.