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The Scientific World JournalVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 825028, 10 pages

Research Article

Department of Orthopedagogics, Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations, Ghent University, H. Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Avenue, B-4, Suite 432, New York, NY 10032, USA

Department of Experimental, Clinical, and Health Psychology, Ghent University, H. Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Received 28 September 2012; Accepted 17 December 2012

Academic Editors: A. Fiorillo, L. Tait, and M. J. Zvolensky

Copyright © 2012 Sofie Vindevogel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study aimed to evaluate the potential contribution of informal community initiatives and formal interventions in support of former child soldiers- resilience in the wake of armed conflict. Using a cross-sectional survey design, a stratified random sample of 330 formerly recruited and 677 nonrecruited young people was consulted about their perspective on desirable support for former child soldiers provided by close support figures, communities, humanitarian organizations, and governments. Data analysis occurred by conducting qualitative thematic analysis and statistical chi-square analysis to explore clusters, similarities, and variations in reported support across the different “agents,” hereby comparing the perspectives of formerly recruited and non-recruited participants. The results indicated that formerly recruited and non-recruited participants had comparable perspectives that call for the contribution of various informal and formal support systems to former child soldiers- human capacities and the communal sociocultural fabric of war-affected societies. This highlights the importance of community-based, collective, and comprehensive support of formerly recruited young people and their surroundings in the aftermath of armed conflict.

Autor: Sofie Vindevogel, Michael Wessells, Maarten De Schryver, Eric Broekaert, and Ilse Derluyn



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