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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
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ZUNGU, Didi  and  VISAGIE, Nicolette. All eyes on Sudan: The journey of female psychologists in the theatre of operation. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.1, pp.1-11. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: South African National Defence Force (SANDF) psychologists fulfil one of the most challenging roles within the psychological profession when deployed in peacekeeping operations (PKOs). RESEARCH PURPOSE: This study aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of the experiences of female military psychologists during deployment in a PKO in the Darfur region. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: The study aimed to gain an insight into the unique experiences of female SANDF psychologists in the theatre of operation (deployment area) and to create a body of knowledge regarding SANDF psychologists' deployment experiences, with specific reference to female psychologists. RESEARCH DESIGN/APPROACH AND METHOD: A case study approach informed the framework for the study set against the backdrop of a qualitative, constructivist, hermeneutic research paradigm. Written personal accounts were evoked through visuals or photographic materials, obtained during in-depth interviews. Researchers used content analysis, and developed themes and subthemes with the use of an open-coding approach. MAIN FINDINGS: Three main themes were elicited: deployment experiences, peacekeeping deployment experiences and experiences of female psychologists. Each theme was supported by four subthemes. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: The study facilitated an increased understanding of the personal impact of PKO experiences on the journey of female psychologists serving in the SANDF in Darfur. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This research provides a platform for the sharing and understanding of the unique experiences of health care workers of the SANDF deployed in the mission area, with specific reference to female psychologists. This co-created understanding acts as a space where psychologists can share a community for support if required post-deployment.

Keywords : female psychologists; SANDF; peacekeeping; qualitative; Darfur.

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