Coping and resilience in refugees from the Sudan: a narrative account
Schweitzer, Robert, Greenslade, Jaimi H. , & Kagee, Ashraf (2007) Coping and resilience in refugees from the Sudan: a narrative account. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(3), pp. 282-288.
Objective: The purpose of this paper was to identify and explicate coping and resilience themes employed by 13 resettled Sudanese refugees.
Method: A sample of 13 Sudanese refugees was asked to describe their experience of coping in the three periods of their migration, namely: pre migration from Sudan, transit, and post migration in their host country. Members of the sample participated in qualitative interviews conducted with the assistance a bilingual community worker.
Results: Three themes that characterized the experience of resettled refugees across all periods were: religious beliefs, social support and personal qualities. A fourth less salient, theme, comparison with others, also emerged in the post-migration context.
Conclusions: A number of themes associated with coping and resilience in response to trauma were identified. These themes may be translated into strategies to assist in responding constructively to trauma. Such approaches may be used to improve the well-being of resettled refugees in Australia.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, coping, narrative, refugees, resilience|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||This is an electronic version of an article published in [Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 41(3):282-288]. [Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry] is available online at informaworldTM with http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048670601172780|
|Deposited On:||08 Oct 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:37|
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