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The New H5 Model of Refugee Trauma and Recovery

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Refugees and internally displaced persons remain high on the international priority agenda as a result of war, inter-ethnic conflict and other forms of violent conflict. 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict with an estimated 40 % of post-conflict societies returning to conflict within 10 years. This chapter focuses on the health and mental health impact on the refugee experience. A new model of refugee care called the H 5 Model of Refugee Trauma and Recovery is presented. The centerpiece of this model is the appreciation of the traumatic life history of refugees and their communities including past, present and threatening future traumatic life events.

The five elements of the H 5 Model taken up in detail include: (1) Human Rights; (2) Humiliation; (3) Healing (self-care); (4) Health Promotion; (5) Habitat and Housing.

The cultural and scientific evidence behind this model is presented. This chapter lays out a roadmap for the implementation of a new approach to the recovery of refugee communities worldwide.

Keywords

  • Mental Health
  • Traumatic Experience
  • Refugee Camp
  • Refugee Community
  • Harvard Trauma Questionnaire

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Mollica, R.F., Brooks, R.T., Ekblad, S., McDonald, L. (2015). The New H5 Model of Refugee Trauma and Recovery. In: Lindert, J., Levav, I. (eds) Violence and Mental Health. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8999-8_16

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