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The psychological impact of war and the refugee situation on South Sudanese children in refugee camps in northern Uganda: An exploratory study

Author(s): deJong, J. T. V. M., Hermanns, J. M. A.

Journal/Book: J Child Psychol Psychiat. 1999; 40: 40 West 20Th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA. Cambridge Univ Press. 529-536.

Abstract: This paper presents the results of an exploratory study on the psychosocial effects of the war situation and subsequent flight on South Sudanese children who were compared to a group of Ugandan children who did not have these experiences of war and flight. In addition to the independent variables such as sociodemographic variables and traumatic events and daily life stress, the dependent variable psychological consequences-according to parents and children themselves-as well as the influence of the mediating factors of social support and coping behaviour are presented. Results showed that Sudanese refugee children had experienced significantly more traumatic events and suffered more daily hassles than the Ugandese comparison group. They were less satisfied with the social support they received. At the same time, they used more coping modes. Compared to Ugandan children, the Sudanese reported significantly more PTSD-like complaints, behavioural problems, and depressive symptoms.

Note: Article Paardekooper B, Netherlands Fdn Advancement Trop Res, Keizersgracht 329, NL-1016 EE Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

Keyword(s): post-traumatic stress; protective factors; refugees; resilience; trauma; third-world children; POLITICAL VIOLENCE; PALESTINIAN CHILDREN; SOCIAL SUPPORT; NATURAL DISASTER; STRESS; HEALTH; QUESTIONNAIRE; CHILDHOOD; BEHAVIOR; NEEDS

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