Why Am I Still Here? The Impact of Survivor Guilt on the Mental Health and Settlement Process of Refugee Youth
People who survive traumatic events, such as war or serious illness, may experience guilt because they survived. This is called ‘survivor guilt’, a complex phenomenon that is not given much attention by mental health professionals. In the case of refugees, this guilt can lead to issues that inhibit settlement in the new society, such as idealization of the past, a desire to return home and resistance to claim their place in the new society.
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Refugee, youth, Survivor guilt, Psycho-social, Settlement, Trauma-informed practice, holistic approach, forced displacement
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Trauma
Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)
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Goveas, Jacinta and Coomarasamy, Sudharshana, "Why Am I Still Here? The Impact of Survivor Guilt on the Mental Health and Settlement Process of Refugee Youth" (2018). Books & Chapters. 12.
Goveas, J., & Coomarasamy, S. (2018). Why am I still here? The impact of survivor guilt on the mental health and settlement process of refugee youth. In Pashang, S., Khanlou, N. & Clarke, J. (Eds.) Today's youth and mental health (pp. 101-117). Springer.