Reintegration of child soldiers in Burundi: a tracer study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jordans, MJD; Komproe, IH; Tol, WA; Ndayisaba, A; Nisabwe, T; Kohrt, BA

Published Date

  • October 25, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 /

Start / End Page

  • 905 -

PubMed ID

  • 23095403

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3490716

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-2458

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1471-2458-12-905


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England