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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-20

Fighting for a future: the potential for posttraumatic growth among youths formerly associated with armed forces in Northern Uganda

1 psychology, specialising in child & youth development and psychosocial support. She has previously worked in Uganda with the Uganda Red Cross Society/Danish Red Cross Youth, at the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support and Save the Children Youth Denmark. Kryger currently lives in Tanzania, where she teaches psychology and “project making,” among other things
2 psychology and specialises in work, organisational and clinical psychology. Additionally, she has worked with process facilitation, supervision and therapy. Lindgren currentlylives in Copenhagen, where she works in Leadership Development in localgovernment, and with narrative counselling

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This article presents the potential of posttraumatic growth (PTG) among youths formerly associated with the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. Through investigating life narratives of 12 such youths, this study aims to discover the potential of PTG as a consequence of a forced time period with the LRA. By means of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), the narratives revealed four themes: social support; participation; self perception, and faith in God. These four themes are found to resemble four of the five factors measuring PTG. Basic values and cultural understanding, however, makes the possibility of PTG very doubtful. Yet, a matching review of the four themes and PTG compose a foundation of how to focus future interventions, with an increased potential for growth, among youths formerly associated with the LRA.

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