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Growing up in armed Groups : trauma and aggression among child soldiers in DR Congo

Growing up in armed Groups : trauma and aggression among child soldiers in DR Congo

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HERMENAU, Katharin, Tobias HECKER, Anna MAEDL, Maggie SCHAUER, Thomas ELBERT, 2013. Growing up in armed Groups : trauma and aggression among child soldiers in DR Congo. In: European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 4(0). ISSN 2000-8198. eISSN 2000-8066

@article{Hermenau2013Growi-25179, title={Growing up in armed Groups : trauma and aggression among child soldiers in DR Congo}, year={2013}, doi={10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.21408}, number={0}, volume={4}, issn={2000-8198}, journal={European Journal of Psychotraumatology}, author={Hermenau, Katharin and Hecker, Tobias and Maedl, Anna and Schauer, Maggie and Elbert, Thomas} }

Hecker, Tobias Hermenau, Katharin Elbert, Thomas 2013-11-20T08:23:15Z Schauer, Maggie Schauer, Maggie Maedl, Anna Maedl, Anna Hermenau, Katharin European Journal of Psychotraumatology ; 4 (2013). - 21408 Growing up in armed Groups : trauma and aggression among child soldiers in DR Congo Elbert, Thomas Hecker, Tobias 2013 2013-11-20T08:23:15Z Background:<br /><br />Child soldiers are often both victims and perpetrators of horrendous acts of violence. Research with former child soldiers has consistently shown that exposure to violence is linked to trauma-related disorders and that living in a violent environment is correlated with enhanced levels of aggression.<br /><br />Objective:<br /><br />To gain more insight into the experiences and the mental health status of former child soldiers, we conducted a survey with N=200 former child soldiers and adult combatants in the DR Congo.<br /><br /><br />Methods:<br /><br />We conducted semi-structured interviews concerning military experiences, experienced and perpetrated violence, and mental health.<br /><br />Results:<br /><br />Former child soldiers reported more experienced and perpetrated violence, a greater severity of trauma-related suffering, as well as higher appetitive aggression than adult ex-combatants. Appetitive aggression was related to more perpetrated violence, higher military ranks, voluntary recruitment and higher rates of reenlistments in former child soldiers.<br /><br /><br />Conclusions:<br /><br />Our results indicate that growing up in an armed group is related to higher levels of trauma- related disorders and aggressive behavior. This may explain the challenge of reintegrating former child soldiers. It is thus important to consider mental health problems, particularly trauma-related disorders and aggressive behavior, of former child soldiers for designing adequate reintegration programs. eng deposit-license

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