When the war was over, little changed: Women’s posttraumatic suffering after the war in Mozambique

Igreja, Victor and Kleijn, Wim and Richters, Annemiek (2006) When the war was over, little changed: Women’s posttraumatic suffering after the war in Mozambique. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease , 194 (7). pp. 502-509. ISSN 0022-3018

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This article explores the psychosocial effects of women's prolonged exposure to civil war in the center of Mozambique. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, 91 women were assessed for posttraumatic stress symptoms and psychosocial indicators of ill health. The results indicate that for the majority of the women in this study, traumatic experiences are sequential processes. Their ill health ranges from symptoms of posttraumatic stress to episodes of spirit possession (gamba), affecting women's capacities to conceive and raise children, and marginalizing their social position. A careful analysis of the specific problems and needs of women in postwar contexts is recommended, along with a systematic examination of the effectiveness of the available resources that may play a role in boosting trauma recovery in this group of women.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 23:45
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 23:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mozambique; posttraumatic stress symptoms; spirit possession; suffering; women war survivors
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000228505.36302.a3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28316

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