College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 11-25-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Kathryn Grant, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D


This study examines manifestations of mental health concerns in response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) specifically rape in a Non-western post-conflict setting. The population is a sample of girls aged 13-18 years residing in an Internally Displaced Person’s camp in Northern Uganda. Through semi-structured interviews, the girls shared their experiences of Gender Based Violence. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, 30 transcripts were analyzed to explore what these girls’ experiences have been with regard to rape, mental health and cultural and contextual stressors. Findings show that the girls described experiencing symptoms similar to those outlined in the DSM. Additionally, the girls described contextual stressors such as gender attitudes, living conditions, interpersonal relationships and the threat of HIV all contributing to negative mental health outcomes.

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