Refugee Mental Health Interventions

Philpot, C.R. & Schweitzer, R. (2011) Refugee Mental Health Interventions. In Christie, Daniel J. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester:, pp. 944-949.

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There is great diversity in the type of interventions carried out under the rubric of “refugee mental health.” This is partly due to the holistic ecological and psychosocial approaches that have come to dominate research and humanitarian understandings of refugee mental health. The diverse application of psychosocial principles in refugee mental health is also extended by the many varied locations in which such interventions are carried out. Guidelines have been developed to aid would-be practitioners of mental health care amongst refugee communities. However, challenges remain in demonstrating the effectiveness of the approaches used. The maxim “do no harm” which must guide all interventions in this area has nonetheless been threatened at times by well-meaning, yet misguided actions. Despite these issues, there is much promise that together with refugees themselves, steps can be taken to promote well-being and relieve distress in communities of people displaced by conflict.

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ID Code: 57821
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Refugee, Intervention, Mental Health, Community, Trauma
ISBN: 9781405196444
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Wiley-Blackwell
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2013 01:06
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2013 22:31

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