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Family Therapy in Postwar Kosova: Reforming Cultural Values in New Family Dynamics

  • Mimoza Shahini
  • Adelina Ahmeti
  • Laurie L. Charlés
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Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the family therapy clinical services in postwar Kosova, and on how the war has significantly changed interactional aspects of the cultural and family dynamics—particularly for former combatants (veterans), and for adolescents and their parents. Highlighting statements by patients we have worked with over the years, and through the use of case vignettes and case examples, we illustrate how the family system has been impacted directly and indirectly by the war. In conclusion, we offer our impressions of family needs in postwar Kosova, and our views of requirements for ongoing training of family therapists in our setting.

Keywords

Postwar Family therapy training Family dynamics War Former combatants Veterans Adolescents Kosova 

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© American Family Therapy Academy 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mimoza Shahini
    • 1
  • Adelina Ahmeti
    • 1
  • Laurie L. Charlés
    • 2
  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center of PrishtinaPristinaKosova
  2. 2.Our Lady of the Lake UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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