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Children in genocide: Extreme traumatization and the affect propeller
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Psychoanalysis, ISSN 0020-7578, E-ISSN 1745-8315, Vol. 87, 725-746 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The author bases this paper on extensive research concerning children in genocide

with a starting point in the Holocaust and in the genocide in Rwanda 1994. She

demonstrates indicators for psychological phenomena concerning the child

survivors’ affect regulating that appeared in life histories presented in videotaped

in-depth interviews. The psychological phenomena concern experiences of

persecution and ways of coming to terms with recurring memory images and affects.

The interviews that have been analysed in detail form a basis for an emerging

conceptual model about trauma- and generational-linking processes within each

individual—the ‘affect propeller’. An overall conclusion from this study is that

past traumatic experiences are recovered not as memories in the usual sense of the

word, but as affects invading the present. Accordingly, affects seem to tell the story

of the past traumatic experiences.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Psychoanalytical Association: International Psychoanalysis Library , 2006. Vol. 87, 725-746 p.
Keyword [en]
Extreme trauma, Child survivors, affect propeller, genocide
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137588DOI: 10.1516/9C86-H1RG-K3FF-DRAHOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137588DiVA: diva2:378357
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-15 Last updated: 2010-12-20Bibliographically approved

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