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Trauma and acculturation: Psychosocial factors influencing mental health of Bosnian refugees resettled in Australia and Austria
thesisposted on 2019-04-02, 03:12 authored by DZENANA KARTAL
This thesis investigated how war-related traumatic experiences and stress associated with migration and adaptation to a new country of resettlement influenced the mental health of Bosnian refugees living in Australia and Austria. The findings suggested that everyday demands and stress associated with migration and adaptation to a new resettlement country, markedly influenced refugees’ ability to integrate and effectively negotiate culturally appropriate behaviours, acquire the host language necessary to function and develop a sense of belonging and identification with the host culture. These stressors collectively and negatively influenced refugees’ mental health, beyond the influence of traumas experienced prior to migration.