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Child survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and trauma-related affect
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre. (Folkmordsstudier)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Social Issues, ISSN 0022-4537, E-ISSN 1540-4560, Vol. 69, no 1, 92-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports findings from an interview study of orphans who were street children in Rwanda after the genocide in 1994. During two study visits in Rwanda in 2003 and 2004, in-depth videotaped interviews, follow-up interviews and observations were carried out. Specifically, this paper addresses how ten teenage boys dealt with their memories and affects. The affect regulation of these Rwandan child survivors is elaborated and explained in a theoretical model referred to as the “affect propeller” (Kaplan, 2006). This model emerged in previous studies of life histories of Holocaust child survivors, using grounded theory, and has been further developed based on the findings from these follow-up studies of Rwandan teenagers. One key finding that is described is the theme of retraumatization and revenge fantasies, which are obstacles in efforts towards resilience; as well as counterforces that facilitate a positive development in the aftermath of the genocide.

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2013. Vol. 69, no 1, 92-110 p.
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Rwanda, genocide, child survivor, trauma, affect regulation, the ‘affect propeller, ’ attachment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182663DOI: 10.1111/josi.12005ISI: 000315967500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182663DiVA: diva2:560488
Available from: 2012-10-15 Created: 2012-10-15 Last updated: 2013-04-08Bibliographically approved

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