Refugee Women and Their Mental Health

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Currently, there are over 15 million legally designated refugees all over the world and it is documented that 75 percent of those refugees are women, yet most of the existent literature does not focus on this group as women. Most of the literature focuses on political, economic, and social issues with very little reference to the mental health implications of the refugees’experiences as women. Refugee Women and Their Mental Health begins to fill this paucity of information on ...

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Overview

Currently, there are over 15 million legally designated refugees all over the world and it is documented that 75 percent of those refugees are women, yet most of the existent literature does not focus on this group as women. Most of the literature focuses on political, economic, and social issues with very little reference to the mental health implications of the refugees’experiences as women. Refugee Women and Their Mental Health begins to fill this paucity of information on female refugees’experiences.

A book of immediate interest, Refugee Women and Their Mental Health focuses on understanding the plight of women refugees around the world, with an emphasis on mental health. The book adds successful and innovative treatment and recovery models for these women survivors.

Some of the chapters are written by women who are therapists/psychologists now and who have been refugees themselves. This adds additional insight into the plight and resulting mental health problems of refugee women. The chapters cover a vast range of topics:

  • torture and sexual abuse as refugees/victims of state violence
  • elderly women refugees
  • immigration law and women refugees
  • first-person narratives
  • the transformation of identity
  • successful creative treatment programs

    It becomes clear that women refugees from all over the world under different political events and circumstances share common values and have similar mental health needs. Refugee Women and Their Mental Health explores processes of recovery from the traumas experienced by these women and offers a variety of models for the application of feminist theory to the plight of women refugees. Experienced therapists of women and those in training to be therapists will want to read this book. The topics of refugee women rarely comes up in training programs, so the information in this book is vital for therapists, policy makers, and other service providers and professors of psychology of women, immigration and social work issues, and women and mental health issues.

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Explores processes of recovery from the traumas experienced by women refugees from all over the world, and offers a variety of models for the application of feminist theory to the plight of women refugees. Paper edition (1-56023-030-4), $24.95. Published simultaneously as Women & Therapy, v.13, nos.1/2/3, 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560230304
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Women and Therapy Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Sect. I Introduction
Refugee Women and Their Mental Health: Shattered Societies, Shattered Lives 1
A Personal Introduction 5
Roots Uprooted: The Psychological Impact of Historical/Political Dislocation 9
Sect. II Understanding Refugees: From the Inside Out
Coping with Stress: A Refugee's Story 21
Birth, Transformation, and Death of Refugee Identity: Women and Girls of the Intifada 35
Women in Exile and Their Children 53
Rape and Domestic Violence: The Experience of Refugee Women 65
Soviet Jewish Refugee Women: Searching for Security 79
Displaced Women in Settings of Continuing Armed Conflict 89
Fifty Years Later: Am I Still an Immigrant? 105
Sect. III Working With Refugees: The Challenges and Rewards
The Balancing Act: Plight of Afghan Women Refugees 113
Traces of Khmer Women's Imaginary: Finding Our Way in the West 129
From Helpless Victim to Empowered Survivor: Oral History as a Treatment for Survivors of Torture 141
On Trial in the Promised Land: Seeking Asylum 155
Sect. IV Journeys to Recovery: The Healing Process
Testimonio, a Bridge Between Psychotherapy and Sociotherapy 173
Healing the Wounds of the Mahantdori 191
Women and Political Torture: Work with Refugee Survivors in Exile 209
Markers of Successful Aging Among Vietnamese Refugee Women 221
Sect. V Diagnostic Studies Across Cultures
Treatment for Psychosomatic Blindness Among Cambodian Refugee Women 239
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Salvadoran Women: Empirical Evidence and Description of Treatment 267
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnamese Women 281
Healing Their Wounds: Guatemalan Refugee Women as Political Activists 297
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