Psychological Impact of War and Sexual Abuse on Adolescent Girls in Northern Uganda

In this article, war experiences, psychological symptoms, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology, and the physical and sexual abuses of formerly abducted girls in Northern Uganda were assessed. In a cross-sectional self-report design, questionnaires were administered to 123 formerly abducted girls. Data originating from records at three rehabilitation centres were analysed. The girls had been exposed to horrific war events, participated in shocking atrocities, were physically and sexually abused, and diagnosed with diseases resulting from their abduction. As a result, many are psychologically distressed. There are child mothers and a few were pregnant at the time of the study. Training in entrepreneurial skills and teaching better coping skills are suggested as activities in psychosocial intervention.

Amone-P'Olak, K.