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ERIC Number: EJ870435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0266-7363
Child Refugees, Trauma and Education: Interactionist Considerations on Social and Emotional Needs and Development
Hart, Robert
Educational Psychology in Practice, v25 n4 p351-368 Dec 2009
This paper focuses on the social and emotional needs of children and young people who are refugees. It was inspired by casework undertaken by the author involving a 13-year-old boy who was a refugee from Montenegro. A vignette of the case is presented in addition to a review of relevant literature to illustrate and discuss the various sources of trauma experienced by children and young people who are refugees, and the potential impact of these on psychological functioning and emotional wellbeing. Child refugees' experiences of trauma are seldom restricted to experiences of loss, violence or persecution in their country of origin. Rather, there are multiple experiences in the country of origin, during migration and on arrival in a country of "refuge" that are potentially traumatic, and can have adverse effects on a child or young person's development. Drawing on research with children and adults who are refugees, as well as research into post-traumatic stress disorder and into the educational effects of trauma, the paper advocates interactionist and ecosystemic perspectives for understanding the difficulties encountered by refugee children, and considers possibilities for therapeutic intervention. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montenegro