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Swedish peacekeepers in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A quantitative analysis
Swedish National Defence College, Ledarskapsinstitutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1501-5200
Swedish National Defence College, Ledarskapsinstitutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2001 (English)In: International Peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, E-ISSN 1743-906X, Vol. 8, no 1, 64-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article describes the prototypical peacekeeping soldier and his experiences, based on a sample of all male soldiers serving in mechanized infantry companies in the first four Swedish UN battalions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (N = 1,238). A questionnaire was administered as a part of the demobilization programme. The prototypical peacekeeper is male, 20–25 years old, single, serves in a mechanized infantry company, and is on his first UN mission. Four different types of motives for joining the service were identified. The degree of perceived family support co‐varied strongly with service experiences. Favourable evaluations of the service period were associated with good relations with commanders and peers, perceiving few tasks as boring, but also with a high exposure to stressful events. The positive association with stress exposure may be related to the fact that no Swedish peacekeepers were killed during this period, which in turn probably contributed to experiences of invulnerability among the exposed soldiers while also increasing their social status among peers.

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2001. Vol. 8, no 1, 64-76 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2983DOI: 10.1080/13533310108413879OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2983DiVA: diva2:574193
Available from: 2012-12-04 Created: 2012-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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