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Mental Health of Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations

Theory, Research and Clinical Practice

  • Nexhmedin Morina
  • Angela Nickerson
  • Provides an evidence-based review of refugee and post-conflict mental health following exposure to human rights violation

  • Outlines theoretical models driving research and practice from key perspectives, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and biology

  • Highlights cutting-edge research innovations to further knowledge about refugee and postconflict mental health


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Mental Health in Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations

  3. Historical Perspectives and Theoretical Frameworks in Refugee and Conflict-Affected Mental Health

  4. Psychological Interventions and Relevant Clinical Considerations in Working with Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Devon E. Hinton, Anushka Patel
      Pages 201-219
    3. M. Claire Greene, Jeremy C. Kane, Noa Krawczyk, Felicity Brown, Laura Murray, Kaveh Khoshnood et al.
      Pages 221-241
    4. Molly A. Benson, Saida M. Abdi, Alisa B. Miller, B. Heidi Ellis
      Pages 243-259
    5. Mark J. D. Jordans, Myrthe van den Broek, Felicity Brown, April Coetzee, Rinske Ellermeijer, Kim Hartog et al.
      Pages 261-281
    6. Matthis Schick, Naser Morina, Ulrich Schnyder, Thomas Maier
      Pages 283-303
    7. Jane Herlihy, Stuart Turner
      Pages 305-324
  5. Research and Clinical Advances in Refugee and Conflict-Affected Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325

About this book


This book provides an overview of theoretical, empirical, and clinical conceptualizations of mental health following exposure to human rights violations (HRV). There are currently hundreds of millions of individuals affected by war and conflict across the globe, and over 68 million people who are forcibly displaced. The field of refugee and post-conflict mental health is growing exponentially, as researchers investigate the factors that impact on psychological disorders in these populations, and design and evaluate new treatments to reduce psychological distress. This volume will be a substantial contribution to the literature on mental health in refugee and post-conflict populations, as it details the state of the evidence regarding the mental health of war survivors living in areas of former conflict as well as refugees and asylum-seekers.


Civilian Experience of Warfare Mental Health among Adult Refugees War-Related Traumatic Events Mental Health among Civilian War Survivors Traumatic Events of Child Refugees Coping with War and Migration Impact of Torture and Human Rights Violations Drive to Drive Theory Post-Conflict Countries and Narrative Exposure Therapy Culturally-Adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy Interventions in Post-conflict Settings Interventions for Children Following War Working with Refugees Clinical Work with Survivors of Human Rights Violations

Editors and affiliations

  • Nexhmedin Morina
    • 1
  • Angela Nickerson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

About the editors

Nexhmedin Morina, Ph.D., is professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Münster, Germany, and director of the Centre for the Treatment of Traumatic Stress Disorders. His research interests include investigating mental health in survivors of mass conflict as well as the evaluation of mental health services.  

Angela Nickerson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She is a clinical psychologist and conducts research into psychological and social mechanisms underlying the mental health of refugees and asylum-seekers, with the aim of informing policy and treatment development.

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“The volume provides a comprehensive contemporary resource for scholars and practitioners working with post-conflict populations. … the strengths of the book are the inclusion of approaches examining the underlying psychological processes of trauma and the considerations of supporting refugees beyond mere individual treatment of specific diagnoses. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals.” (I. I. Katzarska-Miller, Choice, Vol. 56 (11), July, 2019)