International and Cultural Psychology

Forced Migration and Mental Health

Rethinking the Care of Refugees and Displaced Persons

Editors: Ingleby, David (Ed.)

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In the last half century, the steadily increasing incidence of armed conflict (both within and between nations) has created mounting numbers of asylum seekers, refugees, and displaced persons. The provision of appropriate mental health services for these individuals has become a major focus of concern, but considerable controversy remains as to what kind of care is necessary. The initial assumptions and models that informed the field have recently come under attack, and alternative approaches have arisen. Forced Migration and Mental Health: Rethinking the Care of Refugees and Displaced Persons provides an up-to-date view of the controversies and future directions for the mental health care of those displaced by war or other extreme conditions.

Building on the themes of cultural appropriateness and an interdisciplinary view of mental health, this book expresses the need to view refugees and others in the context of their own political and existential situations. Rather than imposing Western technological solutions on those from other cultures, it seeks to foster an understanding of the strengths of "indigenous" ways of dealing with hardship and suffering. The contributors to this volume are on the cutting edge of work in refugee mental health and represent a range of disciplines. They have striven to create cohesive chapters that reflect consistent themes as well as their knowledge of each others’ work in chapters that cover such issues as assumptions for intervention, treatment models, social and political concerns, the special needs of women and children, and refugees in host countries.

This book is relevant to all those working with refugees and displaced persons across the mental health disciplines of psychiatry, psychology and social work, as well as to policy makers and students in these areas.

About the authors

David Ingleby is Professor of Intercultural Psychology at Utrecht University. After working for the Medical Research Council in London and teaching in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University, he moved to Holland in 1982 to take up a chair in Developmental Psychology. Since 1991 he has concentrated on issues of migration and culture and was awarded his present chair in 1999. Together with Charles Watters he teaches in the European MA network on ‘Migration, Mental Health and Social Care’. He has a lifelong interest in the social dimension of psychology and in interdisciplinary research and practice.

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"This book is relevant to all those working with refugees and displaced persons amongst health and social work professionals as well as other care givers and policy makers.  In almost all chapters the limitations of the Western concept of traumatic stress with its strong accent on postramatic stress disorder is emphasized.  Furthermore, the important role. of the cultural context is illustrated.  The advantage of focising on practival problems rather than emotion is another leading theme."

-Wybrand Op den Velde, medical consltant of Stichting 1940-1945 and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of War Trauma Foundation. 

Intervention 2005, Volume 3, Number 2


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • From Trauma to Survival and Adaptation:

    Derrick Silove

    Pages 29-51

  • Traumatic Stress in Context

    Olle Jeppsson, Anders Hjern

    Pages 67-80

  • Mental Health Care for Refugee Children in Exile

    Anders Hjern, Olle Jeppsson

    Pages 115-128

  • Mental Health Services in the UK

    Suman Fernando

    Pages 183-192

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forced Migration and Mental Health
Book Subtitle
Rethinking the Care of Refugees and Displaced Persons
Editors
  • David Ingleby
Series Title
International and Cultural Psychology
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-22693-4
DOI
10.1007/b99490
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-22692-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3556-4
Series ISSN
1574-0455
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 218
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