War experiences, general functioning and barriers to care among former child soldiers in Northern Uganda: the WAYS study

Kennedy Amone-P'Olak, Peter Jones, Richard Meiser-Stedman, Rosemary Abbott, Paul Stephen Ayella-Ataro, Jackson Amone, Emilio Ovuga

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Exposure to war is associated with considerable risks for long-term mental health problems (MHP) and poor functioning. Yet little is known about functioning and mental health service (MHS) use among former child soldiers (FCS). We assessed whether different categories of war experiences predict functioning and perceived need for, sources of and barriers to MHS among FCS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-576
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • care
  • mental health problems
  • Northern Uganda
  • war-affected population

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