Refugees, trauma and adversity-activated development

Papadopoulos, Renos (2007) Refugees, trauma and adversity-activated development. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 9 (3). pp. 301-312. ISSN 1364-2537 Full text available

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The nature of the refugee phenomenon is examined and the position of mental health professionals is located in relation to it. The various uses of the word 'trauma' are explored and its application to the refugee context is examined. It is proposed that refugees' response to adversity is not limited to being traumatized but includes resilience and Adversity-Activated Development (AAD). Particular emphasis is given to the distinction between resilience and AAD. The usefulness of the 'Trauma Grid' in the therapeutic process with refugees is also discussed. The Trauma Grid avoids global impressions and enables a more comprehensive and systematic way of identifying the individual refugee's functioning in the context of different levels, i.e. individual, family, community and society/culture. Finally, I discuss implications for therapeutic work with refugees.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Trauma, 'Trauma Grid', Adversity-Activated Development, Resilience
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Refugees - Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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