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Trauma and survival in African humanitarian entrants to Australia


Copping, AN and Shakespeare- Finch, JE, Trauma and survival in African humanitarian entrants to Australia, Mass Trauma: Impact and Recovery Issues, NOVA Science Publishers, KM Gow and M Celenski (ed), United States, pp. 331-348. ISBN 9781620815571 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Former refugees have been resettled in Australia since the 1940s through the Humanitarian Migration Stream. This chapter highlights the impact of forced migration and the refugee experience of trauma on survival. The journey from pre-migration crises, to the process of fleeing ones country, through to the challenges associated with resettlement, can have a significant impact on the mental health of Humanitarian Entrants to Australia. Differences in culture can have an impact on the meaning constructed from these experiences, and on help-seeking behaviour and preferred methods of intervention. To date, Western mental health services have used an understanding of trauma based on pathology and largely individualist intervention techniques. In this chapter, however, we seek to understand the experience of trauma for former refugees from a salutogenic perspective, and acknowledge community based coping methods and the strengths and resilience of former refugees. Using the construct of posttraumatic growth, adaptive factors of strength, religion, compassion, and new possibilities are identified as relevant to African Humanitarian Entrants in Australia.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:refugees, posttraumatic growth, strength, coping, community services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Copping, AN (Ms Alicia Copping)
ID Code:117431
Year Published:2017 (online first 2013)
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-06-14
Last Modified:2018-01-15

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