A model for understanding stress and daily experiences among soldiers in peacekeeping operations
1998 (English)In: International Peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, E-ISSN 1380-748X, Vol. 5, no 3, 124-141 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article is based on research that aimed to develop a deeper theoretical understanding of the UN peacekeeping soldiers’ experiences of their daily service, from their own perspective, using a grounded theory approach. Study participants were Swedish UN peacekeeping personnel who served in former Yugoslavia from Autumn 1993 to Autumn 1995. A model was developed, according to which UN peacekeeping soldiers’ experiences of their daily service are formed by the dynamic interplay between external influencing factors and internal peacekeeping force factors. The external factors comprise: the service environment including the parties to a dispute, the media and the soldier's private social network. Most of the soldiers’ responses concerning the environment were about low‐intensity stress and fear of losing control of their aggressiveness. The internal peacekeeping force factors include the recruitment principles, the preparatory training, leadership issues and personal characteristics of the individual soldiers. The model indicates that internal factors can be modified in ways that might make it possible to reduce the impact of the external factors. The generalizability of the model needs to be evaluated in future studies involving different kinds of peacekeeping missions.
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1998. Vol. 5, no 3, 124-141 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2969DOI: 10.1080/13533319808413734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2969DiVA: diva2:574061