Trauma, War, and Violence: Public Mental Health in Socio-Cultural Context / Edition 1

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This volume describes a variety of public mental health and psychosocial programs in conflict and post-conflict situations in Africa and Asia. Each chapter details the psychosocial and mental health aspects of specific conflicts and examines them within their sociopolitical and historical contexts. This volume will be of great interest to psychologists, social workers, anthropologists, historians, human rights experts, and psychiatrists working or interested in the field of psychotrauma.

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Psychologists from Algeria, Uganda, India, Sri Lanka, Palestine, and Nepal as well as the Netherlands, Australia, and the US describe a variety of programs to address mental health and psychosocial problems in low-income countries and areas that are suffering or have recently suffered from conflict. They focus on the public mental health aspects of complex humanitarian and political emergencies. The goal is to help agencies and officers of governments and non-government and international organizations set up community mental health and psychosocial services. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The book is a very valuable resource for agencies and multidisciplinarian teams who want to initiate and set up efficient community mental health and psychosocial services in low-income countries facing complex humanitarian and political emergencies. This book is a very worthy addition to understanding the nature of trauma and violence and how attempts are being made to provide adequate public mental health programs."
(Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 49:2 (April 2004)

"De Jong’s book details theories of how to provide mental health assistance in a public health model … . The overall purpose of the book is to advance knowledge of how to address the psychosocial consequences of war and other forms of mass violence and human rights violations. … Among the interesting and useful offerings in each chapter is a concise history of the culture, political system, and origin of the causes of the trauma for which mental health solutions have been sought." (James E. McCarrol, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 192 (12), December, 2004)

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Public Mental Health, Traumatic Stress and Human Rights Violations in Low-Income Countries 1
Ch. 2 The Cambodian Experience 93
Ch. 3 Community Based Psychosocial and Mental Health Services for Southern Sudanese Refugees in Long Term Exile in Uganda 157
Ch. 4 Psychosocial Consequences of War 205
Ch. 5 Addressing Human Rights Violations 259
Ch. 6 Addressing the Psychosocial and Mental Health Needs of Tibetan Refugees in India 283
Ch. 7 Community Mental Health as Practiced by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme 317
Ch. 8 Walks in Kaliti, Life in a Destitute Shelter for the Displaced 337
Ch. 9 Terrorism, Traumatic Events and Mental Health in Algeria 367
Ch. 10 How Can Participation of the Community and Traditional Healers Improve Primary Health Care in Kinshasa, Congo? 405
Author Index 441
Subject Index 447
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