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A qualitative analysis of coping with trauma and exile in applied theatre with Syrian refugees : the role of within-group interactions

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Around the world, armed conflicts force people to leave their homes, families, and communities in search of protection from collective violence, and seek to regain a meaningful perspective on their lives within the borders of their Western host societies. As the dynamics of organized violence and forced displacement continue to impact and disrupt relationships in refugee communities, scholars in the field of refugee trauma care have increasingly argued for the need to understand spaces that are able to restore safety, meaning, and connectedness in the process of post-trauma reconstruction within those disrupted communities. This is reflected in the growing interest in community-based psychosocial interventions. In this article, we focus on applied theatre interventions with refugee communities. In doing so, we aim to understand the restorative role of within-group interactions in applied theatre. We performed a case study of a community-based applied theatre project with Syrian refugees who were recently resettled in Belgium. The qualitative analysis that was the result of this case study allows us to develop an understanding of the various processes of coping with trauma and exile that are at play in within-group interactions between Syrian community members in applied theatre, against a background of authoritarian rule, collective violence, and forced displacement.
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Clinical Psychology, Health Professions (miscellaneous), Psychiatry and Mental health, Refugees, Trauma, Posttrauma reconstruction, Refugee community relationships, Community-based interventions, Applied theatre, ASYLUM SEEKERS, MENTAL-HEALTH, INTERVENTION, REFLECTIONS, THERAPY, CRISIS

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de Smet, Sofie, et al. “A Qualitative Analysis of Coping with Trauma and Exile in Applied Theatre with Syrian Refugees : The Role of within-Group Interactions.” THE ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 66, 2019.
APA
de Smet, S., Rousseau, C., Stalpaert, C., & Haene, L. D. (2019). A qualitative analysis of coping with trauma and exile in applied theatre with Syrian refugees : the role of within-group interactions. THE ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, 66.
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Smet, Sofie de, Cécile Rousseau, Christel Stalpaert, and Lucia De Haene. 2019. “A Qualitative Analysis of Coping with Trauma and Exile in Applied Theatre with Syrian Refugees : The Role of within-Group Interactions.” THE ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY 66.
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de Smet, Sofie, Cécile Rousseau, Christel Stalpaert, and Lucia De Haene. 2019. “A Qualitative Analysis of Coping with Trauma and Exile in Applied Theatre with Syrian Refugees : The Role of within-Group Interactions.” THE ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY 66.
Vancouver
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de Smet S, Rousseau C, Stalpaert C, Haene LD. A qualitative analysis of coping with trauma and exile in applied theatre with Syrian refugees : the role of within-group interactions. THE ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY. 2019;66.
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S. de Smet, C. Rousseau, C. Stalpaert, and L. D. Haene, “A qualitative analysis of coping with trauma and exile in applied theatre with Syrian refugees : the role of within-group interactions,” THE ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 66, 2019.
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