Title: From symptom to context: A review of the literature on refugee children's mental health
Authors: De Haene, Lucia ×
Grietens, Hans
Verschueren, Karine #
Issue Date: 2007
Series Title: Hellenic Journal of Psychology vol:4 pages:233-256
Abstract: In this paper, we aim to review the growing body of research on the psychosocial
well-being of refugee children. We start with an overview of chronological models for the
refugee experience that conceptualize the process of forced migration as a long-term adverse
context of cumulating risk factors, functioning as a pervasive threat to refugee children’s
mental health. Next, we briefly summarize the literature on refugee children’s mental health
as the starting point for a critical reflection on the dominance of the symptom-focused,
trauma-centred approach which characterises much of refugee research. Drawing from this,
we argue for the pertinence of research on refugee children’s mental health from a family
perspective. Here, we propose a model for the refugee family experience that integrates
multiple individual, family and cultural processes and organise existing findings on refugee
families in relation to different domains of the refugee family life.
ISSN: 1790-1391
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
School Psychology and Development in Context
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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