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ERIC Number: ED334493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Cambodian Refugees.
Boright, Lucinda L.
The Khmer are the predominant ethnic group of Cambodia, yet they have suffered genocide in their own homeland. The English language is the primary social barrier confronted by Cambodian refugees to the United States, since there are no similarities between English and Khmer alphabets and tenses. Refugees who arrrived in 1975 tended to be educated, to come from urban areas, and to possess some knowledge of Western culture. However, more recent arrivals are likely to be uneducated and from rural areas with no conception of American customs. Orphaned teenagers and children, along with widows, constitute a large portion of the Cambodian refugee population. All Cambodian refugees seem to possess some degree of survival guilt. Emotional problems range from depression, anxiety, and paranoia to sleep disturbances and death. Enlisting the help of a Khmer shaman (if available) will facilitate survival merit in the counseling experience. A crisis intervention model must be the basis of treatment strategies for social, emotional, personal, and career concerns of Khmer refugees. This includes having information about Khmer culture; emphasizing client strengths; providing opportunities for clients to discuss their perspective; describing treatment approach and rationale; focusing on concrete problems; and not violating traditional beliefs and values. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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