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Difficulties and coping strategies of Sudanese refugees: a qualitative approach

Khawaja, Nigar G., White, Katherine M., Schweitzer, Robert, & Greenslade, Jaimi H. (2008) Difficulties and coping strategies of Sudanese refugees: a qualitative approach. Transcultural Psychiatry, 45(3), pp. 489-512.

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Abstract

A qualitative approach was adopted to interview 23 Sudanese refugees residing in Brisbane, Australia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine the participants' premigration, transit and postmigration experiences. Refugees reported traumatic and life threatening experiences during the premigration and transit phase. The difficulties during postmigration phase consisted of resettlement issues. Nevertheless, they reported using coping strategies across all phases. The coping strategies identified relied predominantly upon participant's use of religious beliefs, and cognitive strategies such as reframing the situation, relying on their inner resources and focussing on future wishes and aspirations. Social support also emerged as a salient coping strategy. The findings are useful for mental health professionals as they highlight the plight of the refugees as well as the strategies used by them to manage their traumas and stresses.

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ID Code: 7425
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Refugees, difficulties and coping
DOI: 10.1177/1363461508094678
ISSN: 1461-7471
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 2008 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Transcultural Psychiatry, 45(3). pp. 489-512 © <SAGE Publications Ltd, 2008> by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Transcultural Psychiatry page http://tps.sagepub.com/
Deposited On: 04 May 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 00:23

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