Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/105279
Citations
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
?
?
Type: Journal article
Title: 'We don’t have to go and see a special person to solve this problem': trauma, mental health beliefs and processes for addressing 'mental health issues' among Sudanese refugees in Australia
Author: Savic, M.
Chur-Hansen, A.
Mahmood, A.
Moore, V.
Citation: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 2016; 62(1):76-83
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0020-7640
1741-2854
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Michael Savic, Anna Chur-Hansen, Mohammad Afzal Mahmood and Vivienne M Moore
Abstract: Background: The impact of trauma on refugee mental health has been a particular focal point for research and treatment in Western contexts, despite uncertainty about the degree to which this corresponds with refugees’ needs, mental health beliefs and healing mechanisms. Aims: This study explored the mental health beliefs of resettling Sudanese refugees in Australia. Methods: In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with Sudanese community representatives and with a range of health and social work professionals who were not necessarily Sudanese. Results: The concept of trauma was not universally considered to be salient for Sudanese refugees. Key informants, especially those in refugee-oriented services, emphasised stoicism and a desire to move forward and questioned the appropriateness of Western psychological therapies. Processes that exist within the family and the Sudanese community to deal with stressors like loss, grief and social isolation were explained. Conclusion: Dialogue between services and community members is needed to ensure responses to refugee mental health are sensitive to the diversity of needs and mental health beliefs of refugees. This will enable workers to ascertain how individual refugees understand their experiences of distress or sadness and to determine whether community strategies and/or professional responses are appropriate.
Keywords: Refugees; Sudanese; mental health; trauma; resilience; explanatory models
Rights: © The Author(s) 2015. Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
RMID: 0030034761
DOI: 10.1177/0020764015595664
Appears in Collections:Psychiatry publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.