Hardiness and transformational coping in asylum seekers: the Afghan experience

Akram Omeri, Christopher Lennings, Lyn Raymond, University of Sydney, 2004

Understanding trauma and the individuals responses to it requires a complex approach. Hardiness refers to the characteristic response some people make to adversity and involves the concept of transformative response. In this context adversity is something that can be viewed as a learning experience, a challenge rather than a catastrophe. Response to adversity becomes a commitment rather than simply being reactive, and the individuals sense of control over outcomes remains positive, rather than emphasising that persons vulnerability (9 pages, .pdf, for historical reference).

Key wordsasylum seekers / children / mental health / psychosocial intervention / reconstruction / refugee health / refugees / rehabilitation / therapy / trauma