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”Man är fortfarande glad, ibland, men annorlunda” - Svenska soldaters upplevelser av tjänstgöring i Afghanistan

Gren, Nichlas LU (2015) PSPT02 20132
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine five Swedish soldiers' experiences of offensive war technique while serving for 6 months in Afghanistan. In particular, focus was on their experiences of dealing with mental stress and their need for support before, during and after their mission. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five individuals who had served in Afghanistan between the years of 2009-2012. The interviews were analysed through Thematic Analysis which resulted in six main themes: Finally get the combat experience, Manage war realities, Became another man, Civil incomprehension, Live a life after the mission and Survive on their own. The informants reported extremely difficult experiences which caused mental stress... (More)
The purpose of this study was to examine five Swedish soldiers' experiences of offensive war technique while serving for 6 months in Afghanistan. In particular, focus was on their experiences of dealing with mental stress and their need for support before, during and after their mission. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five individuals who had served in Afghanistan between the years of 2009-2012. The interviews were analysed through Thematic Analysis which resulted in six main themes: Finally get the combat experience, Manage war realities, Became another man, Civil incomprehension, Live a life after the mission and Survive on their own. The informants reported extremely difficult experiences which caused mental stress during their operations in Afghanistan. The individuals were expected to manage this mental stress by themselves, and they did not experience a significant need for professional support. However, the results showed that the individuals were confronted with several obstacles regarding how to manage and process their experiences in constructive ways. Therefore, it is important to change soldiers’ attitudes of mental illness and hence facilitate the process of seeking support in the military context. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Studiens syfte var att undersöka fem svenska soldaters upplevelser av offensiv krigsföring under sin tjänstgöring i Afghanistan. I fokus låg deras hantering av mental belastning och deras behov av stöd före, under och efter insats. Halvstrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med fem soldater som under 6 månaders tid hade tjänstgjort i Afghanistan mellan åren 2009-2012. Intervjuerna analyserades med Tematisk Analys, vilket resulterade i sex huvudteman: Äntligen få kriga, Hantera krigets realiteter, Blev en annan människa, Civil oförståelse, Leva ett liv efter mission och Klara sig på egen hand. Soldaterna hade upplevt extrem mental belastning under sina insatser i Afghanistan. Individerna förväntades klara av att hantera de mentala... (More)
Studiens syfte var att undersöka fem svenska soldaters upplevelser av offensiv krigsföring under sin tjänstgöring i Afghanistan. I fokus låg deras hantering av mental belastning och deras behov av stöd före, under och efter insats. Halvstrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med fem soldater som under 6 månaders tid hade tjänstgjort i Afghanistan mellan åren 2009-2012. Intervjuerna analyserades med Tematisk Analys, vilket resulterade i sex huvudteman: Äntligen få kriga, Hantera krigets realiteter, Blev en annan människa, Civil oförståelse, Leva ett liv efter mission och Klara sig på egen hand. Soldaterna hade upplevt extrem mental belastning under sina insatser i Afghanistan. Individerna förväntades klara av att hantera de mentala påfrestningar som de var utsatta för och sökte inte professionellt stöd för detta. Dock visade studiens resultat att individerna konfronterades med flertalet hinder gällande hur de skulle hantera och bearbeta sina svåra upplevelser på ett konstruktivt sätt. Därför är det viktigt att ändra soldaters attityder till mental ohälsa för att underlätta processen att söka professionellt stöd vid behov. (Less)
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Gren, Nichlas LU
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PSPT02 20132
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soldat, krig, svensk militär, utlandstjänstgöring, mental ohälsa, Afghanistan, kamratsstöd, kvalitativ metod, tematisk analys, hermeneutik, Soldier, war, Swedish military, overseas service, mental illness, peer support, qualitative method, thematic analysis, hermeneutics
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Swedish
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7995203
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Man är fortfarande glad, ibland, men annorlunda” - Svenska soldaters upplevelser av tjänstgöring i Afghanistan},
  year         = {2015},
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