Life in Revolutionary Nicaragua: The Birth of My Research Interest in War Trauma

  • Margaret Oakes, Ph.D University o Nevada, Las Vegas

Abstract

The following narrative describes a three-year period of time the author spent in Nicaragua, and how her interest in war trauma—first as a treatment challenge and then as research— came about. During the first Sandinista period, she encountered one young man afler another suffering from war trauma and was moved to want to treat them. An opportunity arrived and she began working part-time, treating young men who were returning to high school after their compulsory military service. As a result of her experiences, she decided to pursue a PhD in Social Work in order pass on her understanding of war trauma to others.
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