Rehabilitating civilian victims of war through psychosocial intervention in Sierra Leone

Mughal, Ushna, Carrasco, Diego, Brown, Rupert and Ayers, Susan (2015) Rehabilitating civilian victims of war through psychosocial intervention in Sierra Leone. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45 (11). pp. 593-601. ISSN 0021-9029

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Abstract

This research assessed an intervention (involving drug therapy and psychoeducational counseling) for war trauma in Sierra Leone. We examine the impact of the intervention on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and indicators of intergroup emotions and attitudes. Civilian war victims were drawn from a rehabilitation program (Intervention, N=50) or a waiting list Control group (N=50). The rehabilitation program combined general psychiatric treatment with additional life skills support. Those in the Intervention group had significantly lower PTSD symptoms and also scored lower on Intergroup Anxiety and Outgroup Blame, than those in Control. The intervention had an indirect effect on PTSD symptoms through Intergroup Anxiety. The reduction in PTSD in the intervention was greater for participants with a stronger identification with Sierra Leone.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 08:47
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55388

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