Family therapy sessions with refugee families; a qualitative study

2013Bjørn et al.

Due to the armed conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s many families escaped to other countries. The main goal of this study was to explore in more detail the complexity of various family members’ experiences and perceptions from their life before the war, during the war and the escape, and during their new life in Sweden. There is insufficient knowledge of refugee families perceptions, experiences and needs, and especially of the complexity of family perspectives and family systems. This study focused on three families from Bosnia and Herzegovina who came to Sweden and were granted permanent residence permits. The families had at least one child between 5 and 12 years old.

Key wordsasylum seekers / family therapy / mental health / organised violence / post-traumatic stress disorder / refugee children / refugee health / refugees / rehabilitation

CountriesBosnia and Herzegovina / Sweden