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Refugee Women and Their Mental Health Shattered Societies, Shattered Lives

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

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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 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.

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


    Oliva M Espin, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum