Reintegration of child soldiers in Burundi

A tracer study

Mark Jd Jordans, Ivan H. Komproe, Wietse Anton Tol, Aline Ndayisaba, Theodora Nisabwe, Brandon A. Kohrt

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Abstract

Background: Substantial attention and resources are aimed at the reintegration of child soldiers, yet rigorous evaluations are rare. Methods. This tracer study was conducted among former child soldiers (N=452) and never-recruited peers (N=191) who participated in an economic support program in Burundi. Socio-economic outcome indicators were measured retrospectively for the period before receiving support (T1; 2005-06); immediately afterwards (T2; 2006-07); and at present (T3; 2010). Participants also rated present functional impairment and mental health indicators. Results: Participants reported improvement on all indicators, especially economic opportunity and social integration. At present no difference existed between both groups on any of the outcome indicators. Socio-economic functioning was negatively related with depression- and, health complaints and positively with intervention satisfaction. Conclusion: The present study demonstrates promising reintegration trajectories of former child soldiers after participating in a support program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number905
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Burundi
  • Child soldiers
  • Conflict
  • Mental health
  • Reintegration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Jordans, M. J., Komproe, I. H., Tol, W. A., Ndayisaba, A., Nisabwe, T., & Kohrt, B. A. (2012). Reintegration of child soldiers in Burundi: A tracer study. BMC Public Health, 12(1), [905]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-905

Reintegration of child soldiers in Burundi : A tracer study. / Jordans, Mark Jd; Komproe, Ivan H.; Tol, Wietse Anton; Ndayisaba, Aline; Nisabwe, Theodora; Kohrt, Brandon A.

In: BMC Public Health, Vol. 12, No. 1, 905, 2012.

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Jordans, MJ, Komproe, IH, Tol, WA, Ndayisaba, A, Nisabwe, T & Kohrt, BA 2012, 'Reintegration of child soldiers in Burundi: A tracer study', BMC Public Health, vol. 12, no. 1, 905. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-905
Jordans, Mark Jd ; Komproe, Ivan H. ; Tol, Wietse Anton ; Ndayisaba, Aline ; Nisabwe, Theodora ; Kohrt, Brandon A. / Reintegration of child soldiers in Burundi : A tracer study. In: BMC Public Health. 2012 ; Vol. 12, No. 1.
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