Essay on Post Resettlement Stress Among Relocated Karen Refugees

1554 Words Oct 17th, 2016 7 Pages
In this study Bartholomew, Gundel and Kantamneni (2015) aimed at identifying the meanings ascribed to pre-resettlement stress among relocated Karen refugees. To identify participants, researchers used purposeful sampling, and interviewed with 6 refugees. Through phenomenological analysis, the authors identified 286 meaning units, which were categorized into four themes. The themes included loss from oppression, resignation and acceptance in a context of regular violence, ongoing insecurity while confined in camps, and redefined selfhood. Authors presented the issue through current relevant research. They comprehensively addressed the mental health sequela of refugees, pre-resettlement stresses and the way in which they adversely affect the mental health of refugees including a variety of mental health problems such as depression and PTSD. One of the strengths of the paper is that, researchers provided historical background of tension between Karen Refugees and Burmese government, which might help readers put Karen refugees’ experiences in a context. To comprehensively understand the core of their problems, we need to educate ourselves on historical and political backgrounds of human right violations.
Selection of the Issue The main reason that led me to choose this topic is that my clinical and research interest in refugee mental health. I chose especially this article since I do not know much about Karen refugees’ experiences. Furthers, there are…

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