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Angela Burnett & Kate Thompson

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Chapter 14: Enhancing the Psychosocial Well-Being of Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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Enhancing the Psychosocial Well-Being of Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Enhancing the psychosocial well-being of asylum seekers and refugees
AngelaBurnettSanctuary Practice, Hackney, UK
KateThompsonThe North East London Mental Health Trust

Let's talk about psychology when the war is over. When the war is over I am going to dream all the dreams that I cannot afford now.… If I would sit down and start to think of my feelings, I could break down.… You, the Europeans can enjoy the luxury of analysing your feelings. We simply have to endure.

—A Palestinian mother (quoted in Punamäki, 1992, p. 4)

This chapter, written from a U.K. perspective, is concerned with the role of how both past and present experiences affect the psychological well-being of asylum seekers and refugees. It is broken down into ...

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