Forced Migration and Mental Health: Rethinking the Care of Refugees and Displaced Persons / Edition 1

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Overview

Although forced migration is not new in human history it has become, in our time, one of the world's major problems. In the last few decades, armed conflict and political unrest have created vast numbers of asylum seekers, refugees and displaced persons. This has led, in turn to increasing involvement of professional care workers and agencies, both governmental and nongovernmental. While there is no doubt on the part of helping parties that care is necessary, there is considerable debate about the kind of care that is needed. This book presents a critical review of mental health care provisions for people who have had to leave their homeland, and explores the controversies surrounding this topic. Providing fresh perspectives on an age old problem, this book covers humanitarian aid and reconstruction programs as well as service provision in host countries. It is of interest to all those who provide health services, create policy, and initiate legislation for these populations.

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"This book is relevant to all those working with refugees and displaced persons amongst health and social work professionals as well as other care givers and policy makers. In almost all chapters the limitations of the Western concept of traumatic stress with its strong accent on postramatic stress disorder is emphasized. Furthermore, the important role. of the cultural context is illustrated. The advantage of focising on practival problems rather than emotion is another leading theme."

-Wybrand Op den Velde, medical consltant of Stichting 1940-1945 and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of War Trauma Foundation.

Intervention 2005, Volume 3, Number 2

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441935564
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: International and Cultural Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ingleby is Professor of Intercultural Psychology at Utrecht University. After working for the Medical Research Council in London and teaching in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University, he moved to Holland in 1982 to take up a chair in Developmental Psychology. Since 1991 he has concentrated on issues of migration and culture and was awarded his present chair in 1999. Together with Charles Watters he teaches in the European MA network on ‘Migration, Mental Health and Social Care’. He has a lifelong interest in the social dimension of psychology and in interdisciplinary research and practice.

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Table of Contents

1. EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION …………………………………………………. 1
David Ingleby

PART I. HUMANITARIAN AID AND RECONSTRUCTION

2. FROM TRAUMA TO SURVIVAL AND ADAPTATION: Towards a framework for guiding mental health initiatives in post-conflict societies ……............... 29
Derrick Silove

3. TRANSFORMING LOCAL AND GLOBAL DISCOURSES: Reassessing the PTSD movement in Bosnia and Croatia …………………………….. 53
Paul Stubbs

4. TRAUMATIC STRESS IN CONTEXT: A study of unaccompanied minors from Southern Sudan……. 67
Olle Jeppsson and Anders Hjern

5. MEETING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH FIGHTING FORCES:Some lessons from Sierra Leone ...... 81
Ian Clifton-Everest

PART II. SERVICE PROVISION IN HOST COUNTRIES

6. "MY WHOLE BODY IS SICK… MY LIFE IS NOT GOOD": A Rwandan asylum seeker attends a psychiatric clinic in London …… 97
Derek Summerfield

7. MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN IN EXILE …… . 115
Anders Hjern and Olle Jeppsson

8. GETTING CLOSER: Methods of research with refugees and asylum seekers …… 129
Sander Kramer

9. KURDISH WOMEN REFUGEES: Obstacles and opportunities ……………. 149
Choman Hardi

10. BEYOND THE PERSONAL PAIN: Integrating social and political concerns in therapy with refugees ………………… 169
Julia Bala

11. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE UK: Lessons from transcultural psychiatry .…. 183
Suman Fernando

12. MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PROVISIONS FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS: A comparative study …… 193
David Ingleby and Charles Watters

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