Amidst Peril and Pain: The Mental Health and Well-Being of the World's Refugees

Pages: 390
Item #: 4316401
ISBN: 978-1-55798-539-2
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1994
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This multidisciplinary volume offers mental health professionals, scientists, and policy administrators a conceptual, factual, and clinical resource for understanding and addressing the challenges posed by the growing problem of international refugees and displaced persons. Included are actual accounts of the experiences of refugees and how they dealt with adversity. The book also provides information on demographics, history, epidemiology, policy formation, mental health services, training, and specific regional concerns. It is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, and policy makers involved in the mental health and well-being of the world's refugees.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1994 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents




—Anthony J. Marsella, Thomas Bornemann, Solvig Ekblad, and John Orley

I. Foundations

  1. An Overview of the World Refugee Crisis
    —Mark Leopold and Barbara Harrell-Bond
  2. Historical Aspects of Refugee and Immigration Movements
    —Alan Kraut
  3. The Mental Health and Well-Being of Refugees: Issues and Directions
    —Eugene Brody
  4. A Policy Perspective on the Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs of Refugees
    —Susan Forbes Martin

II. Regional Challenges

  1. Southeast Asian Refugees: Migration History and Mental Health Issues
    —Richard Mollica
  2. Central and South American Refugees: Some Mental Health Challenges
    —Pablo Farias
  3. The Kurds: Refugees in Their Own Land
    —Pari Karadaghi
  4. The Afghans: Bearing the Scars of a Forgotten War
    —Azam Dadfar
  5. The Palestinians: An Uprooted People
    —Eyad R. El-Sarraj, Ahmad Abu Tawahina, and Fadel Abu Heine
  6. New Beginnings in an Old Land: Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health in Israel
    —Yaacov Lerner, Julia Mirsky, and Miriam Barasch

III. Adjustment Patterns

  1. Psychological Disorders Among Refugees: Some Clinical and Epidemiological Considerations
    —John Orley
  2. The Applicability of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Concept to Refugees
    —Matthew Friedman and James Jaranson
  3. Refugee Dependency: Origins and Consequences
    —Ulrike von Buchwald
  4. Trauma and Violence Among Refugee Children
    —Neil Boothby

IV. Mental Health Services

  1. Primary Health Care of Refugees
    —Giovanni de Girolamo
  2. Psychosocial and Psychiatric Aspects of Refugee Adaptation and Care in Sweden
    —Solvig Ekblad, Bengt-Erik Ginsburg, Bengt Jansson, and Lennart Levi
  3. Use of Indigenous Concepts and Healers in the Care of Refugees: Some Experiences From the Thai Border Camps
    —Jean Pierre Hiegel
  4. Training Health and Medical Professionals to Care for Refugees: Issues and Methods
    —Goran Struwe

V. Looking to the Future

  1. Refugee Mental Health and Well-Being: Conclusions and Recommendations
    —Assen Jablensky, Anthony J. Marsella, Solvig Ekblad, Bengt Jansson, Lennart Levi, and Thomas Bornemann
  2. Ethnocultural Diversity and International Refugees: Challenges for the Global Community
    —Anthony J. Marsella

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Anthony J. Marsella, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of clinical studies at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. He is an internationally known scholar in the field of cross-cultural psychopathology and mental health services, and has published more than 10 books and 100 articles and book chapters. His previous books include Cultural Conceptions of Mental Health and Therapy (with G. White), Culture and Self: Asian and Western Perspectives (with G. DeVos and F. Hsu), and The Measurement of Depression (with M. Katz and R. Hirschfeld).

Thomas Bornemann, DEd, is chief of refugee programs in the Office of Refugee Health, U.S. Public Health Service, Rockville, Maryland. He served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health's Refugee Mental Health Program from 1988 to 1993. Bornemann has designed services and implemented programs with Haitian, Cuban, and Southeast Asian refugees. He has written numerous books and articles on refugee mental health including Mental Health of Immigrants and Refugees (with W. Holtzman).

Solvig Ekblad, DMedSci, is associate professor and director of immigrant and refugee research in the Karolinska Institute's Section of Stress Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Stockholm, Sweden. Ekblad has written numerous articles on immigrant and refugee adjustment in Sweden, and is also the author of many publications on child rearing and child health in the People's Republic of China. She is one of Sweden's most visible refugee scholars and clinicians.

John Orley, MD, is acting director of the mental health division of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. He has served on the faculty of psychiatry at New College at Oxford University, England, and at Makerere University, Uganda. Orley has had extensive field research experience in Ghana, Africa, where he studied the relationships between culture and mental health. His current research interests include international studies of the psychosocial and environmental determinants of child and family mental health. He has published numerous journal articles and a book titled Culture and Mental Illness: A Study From Uganda.