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

Kryger, L. S., & Lindgren, C. L. (2011). Fighting for a future: The potential for posttraumatic growth among youths formerly associated with armed forces in Northern Uganda. Intervention, 9(1), 6-20.

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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