Upbringing in a context of prolonged collective violence

PhD student: Leen De Nutte
Summary: Collective violence can have multiple effects on people’s lives. Even when the overt violence has ceased, its impact persists into the post-conflict era. The upbringing of children is believed to be embedded within context and culture. Consequently, divergent ideas, experiences and meanings exist regarding upbringing, which can be altered by gradual or sudden changes. The impact of collective violence on upbringing has mainly been studied amongst war veterans or ex-combatants. However, little knowledge exists about the impact of collective violence onto upbringing when entire families, over different generations, are living in this context. Furthermore, most studies of parent-child relationships are framed within a Western context. This study therefore wants to explore how caregivers experience, give meaning to, and receive support in the upbringing of children in a context of (past) collective violence, specifically, in Northern Uganda.
PhD in Educational Sciences
Promoter(s): Ilse Derluyn, Lucia De Haene (Parenting and Special Education Research Unit, Ku Leuven)
Periode of time: 2014 - 2022