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172 patients were examined and treated by the Psychosocial Team for Refugees in Norway from 1 January 1986 to 15 November 1988. The patients came from 21 countries, the majority from Iran, Chile and Vietnam. Various reactive conditions dominated the clinical picture, and 53 patients had posttraumatic stress disorder, which was the most frequently occurring(More)
As the number of migrants,- forced or voluntary,- increases, there is a growing need to understand how negative events in the country of origin influence those residing abroad. This issue has been actualized by the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Persons in exile have frequently been exposed to severe human rights violations and other stressors prior(More)
The strengthening of international criminal law through an increased focus on the right to reparation and rehabilitation for victims of crimes against humanity represents an important challenge to health professionals, particularly to those in the field of trauma research and treatment. A brief outline of some developments in the field of international law(More)
This article addresses the question of what is a "good" conversation by analyzing "poor" conversations. During a project on family therapy with refugee families, we often experienced what we labeled as "poor" conversations. We present examples of a variety of such conversations, which we then analyze with reference to therapeutic maps and central concerns(More)
The health consequences of organized violence are well documented (increasing from many parts of the world). We review experiences reported from Latin-America based on literature, contact with human rights organizations and participation in conferences in (Santiago de) Chile and Costa Rica, with special focus on: the destructive psychosocial influence of a(More)
The possible benefits of including referring professionals in the first family interviews are being explored as a way to engage refugee families in therapy. Families in exile confront a number of problems related both to premigration traumatic exposures and to present adaptation processes. Refugee clients and the referring professionals in the larger system(More)
In the light of experiences from the Psychosocial Team for Refugees in Norway, the authors describe factors of importance for understanding the personal meaning of the exile. We point to the implication of different traumatic events associated with flight and exile, and to the psychosocial consequence of such traumatization. We consider this to be important(More)
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