The Psychological Impact of War and Abduction on Children in Northern Uganda: A Review

Sarah Bøgelund Dokkedahl, Henry Oboke, Emilio Ovuga, Ask Elklit*

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Objectives: In more than two decades northern Uganda was
affected by the war between the government and the LRA. Children
were abducted and affected during the war, but what is the
psychological and social impact of war on the children?
Methods: In this study we reviewed 40 epidemiological trauma
studies conducted in Uganda from 2004-2014 using databases.
Results: The psychological impact was found in many different
domains ranging from mental health problems like PTSD,
depression, anxiety, and psychosis to suicidal ideation, alcohol
abuse, partner violence, child abuse, and feelings of guilt and
revenge, furthermore, many experienced problems when returning
to their home communities. Uganda only has few mental health
workers, few clinical facilities and lack medication to treat mental
health problems.
Conclusion: We therefore conclude that the prevalence of mental
health problems continue to be high to this day, despite the war
ending in 2007.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Mental Health & Psychiatry
Udgave nummer2
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 15. sep. 2015