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Title: The long term consequences of political violence : transgenerational transmission of war related knowledge
Author: Lapwoch , Grace
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 355X
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2014
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A relatively extensive body of research exists into the concept of intergenerational transmission of trauma among survivors of holocaust and the Vietnam War. However, this information is lacking for the Acholi people in northern Uganda who have suffered over twenty five years of war. The present study set out to explore intergenerational transmission of war related knowledge from mother to child in a post conflict northern Ugandan context. In particular, the role of mother's own experiences, which in an African context appears to be a primary source of this information for children. Focus groups were conducted with 65 mothers in three selected villages in the Gulu district. A one to one semi-structured interview was also conducted with five mothers from Northern Uganda residing in five different boroughs of London. Eight hundred and thirty one children aged 8-16 years from five selected primary schools in the Gulu and the Nwoya districts completed drawings, essays, a Ladder Scale, African Youth Psychosocial Assessment and information check questionnaires. Results showed that mothers share their war experiences with their children and children are curious to know about the war. Those who do not share their experiences with their children appear to do this to protect their self image; to cope with their own traumatic experiences and due to lack of skills to handle children 's questions. Findings also showed that children are aware of war and have developed the concept of war and peace through a wider social-ecological system. The transmission of traumatic war related information may have long lasting impacts on children's adjustment and mental health. Further examination of the role played by mothers in Uganda and amongst refugee Gulu mothers who have relocated to different countries is urgently required so that appropriate support can be offered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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