Reference: Paloma, V., Martínez-Damia, S., de la Morena, I., López-Torres, C., & Berbel, I. (2023). A Community-based intervention to enhance posttraumatic growth among refugees in receiving societies. In R. Berger (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook on Posttraumatic Growth (pp. 542-555). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781032208688
Abstract: This chapter discusses a community-based intervention aimed at enhancing the posttraumatic growth (PTG) of refugees in receiving societies. First, we contextualize this contribution by presenting the literature on PTG in forced migration. Specifically, we present the main factors identified in the literature as fueling the emergence of PTG among refugees, as well as interventions that have been carried out to enhance PTG in this population. We highlight the scarce existence of interventions in general, and of those with a community-based approach in particular. Later, we describe in depth the proposed community-based intervention, providing access to its implementation manual to facilitate its worldwide adaptation. Finally, based on our experience in southern Spain, lessons learned and implications for PTG promotion among forcibly displaced individuals are discussed. We stress the need to value the strengths of the refugees, to create safe community-based scenarios through peer-mentoring and peer-support-group formats, and to offer refugees the possibility of playing an active and meaningful role as agents of change in their own growth and that of their community.
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