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Open Access Contemporary Treatments for Psychological Trauma From the Perspective of Peacekeepers Traitements contemporains pour les traumatismes psychologiques du point de vue des Casques bleus

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The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study was to examine contemporary treatment approaches for psychological trauma from the perspective of peacekeepers. Data were collected via audiotaped interviews with 10 contemporary peacekeepers who had been deployed to Somalia, Rwanda, or the former Yugoslavia. The participants were asked to describe their experience with various treatments for psychological trauma. Narratives from the transcribed interviews were reviewed with the participants and their comments solicited for rigour and verification of meaning. A thematic analysis of the text, conducted to examine the ways in which contemporary treatment approaches help peacekeepers to heal from trauma, revealed 3 themes: and . The embodied nature of healing from trauma among contemporary peacekeepers should not be overlooked. Studies on the efficacy of different treatment modalities for psychological trauma, including mind-body complementary therapies, are needed.

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L'objectif de cette étude phénoménologique herméneutique consiste à examiner les méthodes contemporaines de traitement pour les traumatismes psychologiques du point de vue des Casques bleus. Des données ont été recueillies à l'aide d'entrevues enregistrées sur bande audio et réalisées auprès de dix Casques bleus d'aujourd'hui qui ont été déployés en Somalie, au Rwanda et dans l'ancienne Yougoslavie. On a demandé aux participants de décrire l'expérience qu'ils ont vécue lors des différents traitements reçus pour un traumatisme psychologique. On a invité les participants à passer en revue les comptes rendus ayant été faits à partir des transcriptions d'entrevues et à les commenter à des fins de rigueur et de vérification du sens. Une analyse thématique du texte, laquelle a été entreprise en vue d'examiner comment les méthodes contemporaines de traitement aident les Casques bleus à surmonter un traumatisme, a permis de révéler trois thèmes : les médicaments qui ont été les plus utiles, la compréhension de ce qui se passe et l'autoguérison en tant que suite de découvertes. À la suite d'un traumatisme chez les Casques bleus d'aujourd'hui, la nature corporelle de la guérison ne devrait pas être négligée. Il faut entreprendre d'autres études sur l'efficacité des différentes méthodes de traitement des traumatismes psychologiques, y compris les thérapies complémentaires esprit-corps.

Keywords: ADULT HEALTH; INTERVENTION EFFECTS; MENTAL HEALTH/PYSCHOSOCIAL; TRAUMA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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