Understanding the peacekeeping process: Methodology and selected findings from a study of canadian peacekeepers

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Authors
  1. Gignac, M.A.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report outlines the methodology and presents selected findings from a study that examined the expectations and experiences of Canadian Forces personnel who were being deployed on peace support operations. Specifically, the study aimed to understand: 1) decision-making and reasons for requesting peacekeeping duty; 2) positive and negative expectations of peace support missions; 3) organizational and contextual issues that impact peace support operations; 4) unique situations experienced by augmentees and individuals working in small groups; and 5) re-integration upon return from peacekeeping duty. Thirty two people (28 men and 4 women) participated in one of six focus groups held at The Peace Support Training Centre, Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College in Kington, Ontario. Content analysis of the focus group data yielded 52 issues related to peace support operations. The discussions of the focus group participants around these issues highlight the numerous and ocmplex nature of the factors that potentially impact peacekeeping. In addition, many of the issues raised by participants have implications for the performance, morale, training, and well-being of Canadian Forces personnel.
Keywords
Combat stress;Peace support operations;Humanitarian operations;Debriefing;Operations other than war;Psychological fitness;Lessons learned;Family support;Focus Groups;Support services
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2000-084 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2000
Number of Pages
45
DSTKIM No
CA010019
CANDIS No
514205
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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