Trauma and survival in African humanitarian entrants to Australia

Copping, Alicia & Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. (2013) Trauma and survival in African humanitarian entrants to Australia. In Gow, Kathryn M. & Celenski, Marek (Eds.) Mass Trauma : Impact and Recovery Issues. NOVA Science Publishers, New York, pp. 331-348.

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Abstract

Former refugees have been resettled in Australia since the 1940’s through the Humanitarian Migration Stream. This chapter highlights the impact of forced migration and the refugee experience of trauma on survival. The journey from pre-migration crises, to the process of fleeing one’s country, through to the challenges associated with resettlement, can have a significant impact on the mental health of Humanitarian Entrants to Australia. Differences in culture can have an impact on the meaning constructed from these experiences, and on help-seeking behaviour and preferred methods of intervention. To date, Western mental health services have used an understanding of trauma based on pathology and largely individualist intervention techniques. In this chapter, however, we seek to understand the experience of trauma for former refugees from a salutogenic perspective, and acknowledge community based coping methods and the strengths and resilience of former refugees. Using the construct of posttraumatic growth, adaptive factors of strength, religion, compassion, and new possibilities are identified as relevant to African Humanitarian Entrants in Australia.

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ID Code: 62628
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: refugees, posttraumatic growth, strength, coping, community services
ISBN: 9781620815571
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
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 2013 NOVA Science Publishers
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2013 22:23
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 12:50

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