Coping and resilience in refugees from the Sudan: a narrative account

Schweitzer, Robert, Greenslade, Jaimi and Kagee, Ashraf (2007) Coping and resilience in refugees from the Sudan: a narrative account. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41 3: 282-288. doi:10.1080/00048670601172780

Author Schweitzer, Robert
Greenslade, Jaimi
Kagee, Ashraf
Title Coping and resilience in refugees from the Sudan: a narrative account
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 2007-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00048670601172780
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 282
End page 288
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 1607 Social Work
Formatted abstract
The purpose of this paper was to identify and explicate coping and resilience themes employed by 13 resettled Sudanese refugees.


A sample of 13 Sudanese refugees was asked to describe their experience of coping in the three periods of their migration, namely: pre migration from Sudan, transit, and post migration in their host country. Members of the sample participated in qualitative interviews conducted with the assistance a bilingual community worker.

Three themes that characterized the experience of resettled refugees across all periods were: religious beliefs, social support and personal qualities. A fourth less salient, theme, comparison with others, also emerged in the post-migration context.


A number of themes associated with coping and resilience in response to trauma were identified. These themes may be translated into strategies to assist in responding constructively to trauma. Such approaches may be used to improve the wellbeing of resettled refugees in Australia.
Keyword Psychiatry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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