Living with the sins of their fathers: An analysis of self-representation of adolescents born of war rape

Erjavec, Karmen and Volčič, Zala (2010) Living with the sins of their fathers: An analysis of self-representation of adolescents born of war rape. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25 3: 359-386.


Author Erjavec, Karmen
Volčič, Zala
Title Living with the sins of their fathers: An analysis of self-representation of adolescents born of war rape
Journal name Journal of Adolescent Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-5584
1552-6895
Publication date 2010-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0743558410361373
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 359
End page 386
Total pages 28
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Children born of war rape continue to be a taboo theme in many post-war societies, also in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). This study is based on in-depth interviews with eleven adolescents born of war rape in BH. The main goal is to present how these adolescents represent themselves and their life-situations. On the basis of the research we identify four key themes: 1) their continued sense of hostility even after the end of the war; 2) the internalized guilt; 3) the role reversal; and 4) the role of reconciling the war enemies. The analysis of life-stories shows new identifications of traumatic events and trauma. More than half of the interviewed girls suffer severe psychological and physical abuses. The research argues that there are three crucial factors influencing girls' self-perception: the role of the mothers, mothers' economic situation and general social exclusion. © The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Ethnic issues
Identity issues
Self-image
Violence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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