Distress, coping and posttraumatic growth in refugees from Burma

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane, Schweitzer, Robert D., King, Julie, & Brough, Mark (2014) Distress, coping and posttraumatic growth in refugees from Burma. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 12(3), pp. 311-330.

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Refugees flee their countries of origin due to supreme hardship and threat to life; frequently bearing witness to mass atrocity. This research is embedded in a salutogenic paradigm which emphasises strength and adjustment. Twenty-five refugees from Burma who were newly arrived in Australia were interviewed and transcripts were analysed using an Interpretive Phenomenological Analytic (IPA) approach. In addition to themes of distress, data revealed an extraordinary adaptive capacity and highlighted strengths, both individually and collectively. Specific adaptive strategies included religiousness, and a sense of duty to family, community and country. Findings have implications for policy and practice that aim to support refugees and asylum seekers.

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ID Code: 70015
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Burma, Refugees, Trauma, Salutogenic, Strength, Resilience
DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2013.844876
ISSN: 1556-2948
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
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 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2014 03:30
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 03:11

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