Title

Photos and Narratives of Well-Being in Former Child Soldiers in Uganda

Publication Date

10-2014

Abstract

Humanitarian aid organizations began working in northern Uganda following decades of war, famine, brutal child soldiering practices, and required migration to Internally Displaced Persons camps. Most organizations measure effectiveness of programs based on a western conceptualization of well-being, rather than culturally sensitive understanding of local recovery. Using photographs taken by a marginalized population of 17 former child soldiers and former child sex slaves, semi-structured interviews were used to begin to understand a contemporary conceptualization of well-being and recovery in northern Uganda. The researcher analyzes the content of the photographs and interview transcriptions to create meta-themes and subthemes categories to answer 2 guiding expected outcomes: (a) What is the local, contemporary understanding of personal well-being?; and (b) What practical ways might community members access unique resources to encourage a sense of well-being or recovery? The results provide a locally created concept of well-being to further future research, outcome measures, and program development with former child soldiers within northern Uganda

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

Eriksson, Cynthia

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

Well-being, Positive psychology, Quality of life, Child soldiers, Uganda

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

Public Access: If you attend a college or university, you may be granted access for free through your school library subscription to ProQuest Theses & Dissertations. Copies may be available for purchase via ProQuest Dissertations Publishing https://dissexpress.proquest.com/search.html

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Embargo Period

11-19-2018

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