Trauma and Migration

Cultural Factors in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatised Immigrants

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Trauma and Migration: Epidemiological and Conceptual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Duncan Pedersen
      Pages 9-31
    3. Sofie Bäärnhielm, Mike Mösko
      Pages 39-55
    4. Levent Küey
      Pages 57-68
    5. Antonio Ventriglio, Dinesh Bhugra
      Pages 69-79
  3. Trauma and Migration: Diagnostic Issues

  4. Trauma and Migration: Treatment Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Adil Qureshi, Irene Falgàs Bagué, Khalid Ghali, Francisco Collazos
      Pages 159-175
    3. Ljiljana Joksimovic, Monika Schröder, Eva van Keuk
      Pages 223-241
    4. Marianne C. Kastrup, Klement Dymi
      Pages 243-257

About this book


This book provides an overview of recent trends in the management of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders that may ensue from distressing experiences associated with the process of migration. Although the symptoms induced by trauma are common to all cultures, their specific meaning and the strategies used to deal with them may be culture-specific. Consequently, cultural factors can play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with psychological reactions to extreme stress. This role is examined in detail, with an emphasis on the need for therapists to bear in mind that different cultures often have different concepts of health and disease and that cross-cultural communication, assisted by a professionally trained and certified interpreter if necessary, is therefore essential in ensuring effective care of immigrant patients. The therapist’s own intercultural skills are highlighted as being an important factor in the success of any treatment, and specific care contexts and the global perspective are also discussed.


Asylum seekers Cultural Factors Immigrant Patient Intercultural skills Post-traumatic stress disorders Trauma Traumatized Immigrants

Editors and affiliations

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the CharitéSt. Hedwig HospitalBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17334-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17335-1
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