Building meaningful participation in reintegration among war-affected young mothers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda

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dc.contributor.author McKay, Susan
dc.contributor.author Veale, Angela
dc.contributor.author Worthen, Miranda
dc.contributor.author Wessells, Michael G.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-15T13:24:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-15T13:24:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.citation McKay, S., Veale, A., Worthen, M. and Wessells, M. (2011) ‘Building meaningful participation in reintegration among war-affected young mothers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda’, Intervention, 9(2), pp.108-124. doi:10.1097/WTF.0b013e328348dfe7 en
dc.identifier.volume 9 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 108 en
dc.identifier.endpage 124 en
dc.identifier.issn 1571-8883
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3642
dc.identifier.doi 10.1097/WTF.0b013e328348dfe7
dc.description.abstract When young mothers, formerly associated with armed groups, return to communities, they are typically social isolated, stigmatised, and marginalised. This creates reintegration challenges for themselves, and their communities. Their children face child protection problems such as neglect, rejection and abuse. In this paper, the authors describe an innovative field practice - community based, participatory action research (PAR) - that meaningfully involved formerly associated young mothers, and other vulnerable young mothers, in their communities. The project took place in 20 field sites in three countries: Liberia, northern Uganda and Sierra Leone. It was implemented through an academic, nongovernmental organisation (NGO) partnership. The participants were 658 young mothers, both formerly associated with armed groups and other mothers seen to be vulnerable. Within the context of caring psychosocial support, these young mothers organised themselves into groups, declined their problems, and developed social actions to address and change their situations. Some project outcomes included: young mothers and their children experiencing improved social reintegration evidenced by greater family and community acceptance; more positive coping skills; and decreased participation in sex work for economic survival. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer and the War Trauma Foundation en
dc.rights © 2011, War Trauma Foundation. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Intervention - Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas. To access the final edited and published work see http://journals.lww.com/interventionjnl/Abstract/2011/07000/Building_meaningful_participation_in_reintegration.2.aspx en
dc.subject Liberia en
dc.subject Meaningful participation en
dc.subject Northern Uganda en
dc.subject Participatory action research en
dc.subject Reintegration en
dc.subject Sierra Leone en
dc.subject War-affected young mothers en
dc.title Building meaningful participation in reintegration among war-affected young mothers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Angela Veale, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: a.veale@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2017-02-15T12:53:00Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Oak Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder Rockefeller Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder Compton Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder UNICEF en
dc.contributor.funder Pro Victimis Foundation, Switzerland
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Intervention - Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.veale@ucc.ie en


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