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Psychotherapie Forum

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 191–200 | Cite as

A path to self-help: Exploring domestic violence in Zanzibar through teamshaping

  • Ulrich KropiuniggEmail author
  • Elaine Hargrove
  • Saleh Idris Muhammed
  • Edit Schlaffer
Original article

Summary

This article analyses group work with students from two universities in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The students were invited to participate in Teamshaping, a seminar that aims to create effective teams by adhering to the principles of self-help and autonomy. Whereas the students initially showed limited understanding of team work concepts – largely due to a lack of previous exposure to such methods – they soon acknowledged its benefits. In the course of the seminar, the students ultimately chose to discuss the issue of domestic violence. For four consecutive days they explored the possible links between violence, education, poverty, and family. The seminar concluded in a 15-page report that presented the students' findings and revealed a desire to carry out similar projects in the future.

Keywords

Teamwork Group process Zanzibar Development aid Domestic violence 

S'aider soi-même: une étude des moyens potentiels de lutte contre la violence domestique à Zanzibar, fondés sur l'établissement d'équipes

Wege zur Selbsthilfe: Eine Untersuchung häuslicher Gewalt in Sansibar mittels Teamshaping

Zusammenfassung

Dieser Artikel analysiert eine Gruppenarbeit mit Studierenden zweier Universitäten in Sansibar. Die weiblichen und männlichen Teilnehmer waren zu einem Teamshaping-Seminar eingeladen, um die Bildung einer effizienten Arbeitsgruppe unter Einhaltung von Prinzipien der Autonomie und Selbsthilfe kennen zu lernen. Zu Beginn des Seminars zeigte sich auf Grund fehlender Erfahrungen mit Teamarbeit ein eher geringes Verständnis für selbstorganisiertes Arbeiten, doch schon bald wurde sein prinzipieller Wert erkannt. Im weiteren Verlauf wählten die Studierenden häusliche Gewalt zu ihrem Thema. An vier aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen diskutierten und erforschten sie die möglichen Ursachen von Gewalt aus Erziehung, Armut und Familie. Die Ergebnisse wurden in einem 15-Seiten Bericht zusammengefasst. Die Mehrzahl der Studierenden war entschlossen, in Zukunft mehr auf selbstorganisierte Teamarbeit zu setzen.

Schlüsselwörter

Teamarbeit Gruppenprozess Sansibar Entwicklungshilfe Häusliche Gewalt 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Kropiunigg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elaine Hargrove
  • Saleh Idris Muhammed
  • Edit Schlaffer
  1. 1.Institute of Medical PsychologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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