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Resilience factors in women of refugee background: a qualitative systematic review


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Hawkes, C, Norris, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3661-2749, Joyce, J and Paton, D 2020 , 'Resilience factors in women of refugee background: a qualitative systematic review' , Community Psychology in Global Perspective, vol. 6, no. 2/1 , 101– 127 , doi: 10.1285/i24212113v6i2-1p101.

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Women of Refugee Background (WoRB) are identified as being understudied within research, despite making up half of the world’s refugee population. Resilience is a common characteristic ascribed to WoRB and if often identified as a core factor influencing long-term wellbeing. Despite this, there is increasing doubts regarding the validity of hegemonic Western understandings of resilience and associated theoretical frameworks when applied to refugee populations. The aim of this systematic review was to investigate factors endorsed by WoRB as contributing to their resilience. Furthermore, it aimed to identify the theoretical frameworks which have been applied to WoRB to help contextualise and/or interpret the resilience research focusing on WoRB. The current review identified 30 relevant studies following the application of inclusion and exclusion criteria. Religion/spirituality, culture, children, social support, family, personal characteristics and formalised supports were key themes identified as being endorsed by WoRB as contributing to their resilience. Identified resilience frameworks used within research were also discussed along with the theoretical and practical implications.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hawkes, C and Norris, K and Joyce, J and Paton, D
Keywords: refugee, resilience, review
Journal or Publication Title: Community Psychology in Global Perspective
Publisher: E S E - Universita del Salento Publishing
ISSN: 2421-2113
DOI / ID Number: 10.1285/i24212113v6i2-1p101
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