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Upplevd förändring av aggressionsnivåer hos svenska soldater efter utlandstjänstgöring i Afghanistan
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment.
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Perceived change in aggression levels among Swedish troops after returning from deployment in Afghanistan (English)
Abstract [en]

The major part of the existing research on psychological effects on participating in war or residing in a war zone shows negative effects on the person’s mental health. However not all research, from an international perspective, shows the same results. Since we haven’t found any research regarding Swedish conditions and there has been a recent implementation of a decision from the Supreme Commander regarding commanded international service for all staff within the Swedish armed forces, the question has now become more relevant. This essay intends to examine how the direct contacts with warring counterparts have contributed to a change in Swedish soldier’s perception of their own aggression levels. High levels of aggression may be included in various types of mental illness, particularly in post-traumatic stress. Furthermore, perceived aggression levels in relation to involvement in direct fighting and combat exposure is investigated. The result demonstrates a clear increase in perceived aggression levels after the intervention, albeit from low levels. There was also an increase in perceived aggression in relation to the degree of personal combat exposure.

Abstract [sv]

En överväldigande del av befintlig forskning kring psykologiska effekter av att delta i krig och stridszon påvisar en hel del negativa effekter för psykisk hälsa. Inte all forskning, internationellt sett, pekar mot samma håll. Då vi inte funnit några undersökningar avseende svenska förhållanden, och dessutom kan konstatera en implementering av ÖB Beslut gällande kommenderad utlands-tjänstgöring för samtlig personal inom de Svenska utlandsstyrkorna, gör att frågan nu blivit aktuell. Denna uppsats ämnar undersöka svenska soldaters upplevda förändringar av egna aggressionsnivåer efter insats i Afghanistan. Höga aggressionsnivåer kan ingå vid olika typer av psykisk ohälsa, bland annat vid posttraumatisk stress. Vidare undersöks upplevda aggressionsnivåer i relation med inblandning i direkta stridigheter och stridszon. Resultatet påvisar en klar ökning av upplevda aggressionsnivåer efter insats, om än från låga nivåer. Dessutom klargjordes ökningen i upplevd aggression i relation till grad av personlig stridsexponering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Swedish, veterans, aggression, combat exposure, Afghanistan
Keyword [sv]
Svensk, veteran, aggression, strid, Afghanistan
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10675OAI: diva2:631623
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Available from: 2013-06-24 Created: 2013-06-22 Last updated: 2013-06-24Bibliographically approved

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