Transformative spaces in the social reintegration of former child soldier young mothers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Northern Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Veale, Angela
dc.contributor.author Worthen, Miranda
dc.contributor.author McKay, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-21T09:45:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-21T09:45:45Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02
dc.identifier.citation Veale, A., Worthen, M. and McKay, S. (2017) ‘Transformative spaces in the social reintegration of former child soldier young mothers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Northern Uganda’, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23(1), pp.58-66. doi:10.1037/pac0000212 en
dc.identifier.volume 23 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 58 en
dc.identifier.endpage 66 en
dc.identifier.issn 1532-7949
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3658
dc.identifier.doi 10.1037/pac0000212
dc.description.abstract A significant but insufficiently considered category of female former child soldiers is those that become mothers as a result of rape or through relationships with “bush husbands”. This article reflects on learning from a participatory action research (PAR) study which aimed to facilitate the social reintegration of formerly associated young mothers and other war-affected vulnerable young mothers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and northern Uganda. We argue that it is useful to delineate 3 nodes of individual-community relations which we identify as possible transformative spaces in psychosocial programming for social reintegration: the intersection between individual emotional experience and the emotional climate, between individual agency and public engagement, and between individual and community resilience. The PAR study involved 658 young war-affected mothers across 20 communities in the 3 countries. The results demonstrate how the PAR mobilized positive emotions and aligned the activities of the young mothers’ groups with individuals with power to facilitate change (community leaders) and contributed to limited transformative change. Further research is needed on engaging men and on tackling structural factors in interventions with war-affected young mothers. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher American Psychological Association en
dc.rights © 2017, American Psychological Association. This is the author's accepted manuscript. It may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal, as it is not the copy of record. en
dc.subject Child soldiers en
dc.subject Females en
dc.subject Community resilience en
dc.subject Social reintegration en
dc.title Transformative spaces in the social reintegration of former child soldier young mothers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, 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
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dc.date.updated 2017-02-20T18:30:37Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.veale@ucc.ie en


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