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Refugee children in Wales: coping and adaptation in the face of adversity

Maegusuku-Hewett, Tracey, Dunkerley, David, Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID: and Smalley, Nina ORCID: 2007. Refugee children in Wales: coping and adaptation in the face of adversity. Children & Society 21 (4) , pp. 309-321. 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2007.00102.x

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This article aims to makes a contribution to redressing a methodological and theoretical imbalance in existing research on refugee and asylum-seeking children. It draws on two qualitative studies from Wales with children and young people. The samples include unaccompanied minors and children living with families as well as both children who are supported in the asylum system and those who have been granted refugee status. The focus on ecological post-migratory stressors and coping processes that young people identify as being integral to their well-being and, once granted status, to how they adapt to settlement includes a selective study of some of the sources of resilience referred to in the children's talk. Recognising the interplay between individual and environment leads to a discussion of both personal attributes and collective cultural identities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0951-0605
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2024 02:09

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