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ERIC Number: ED461073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
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Coping Methods: Personal and Community Resources Used among Cambodians in Cambodia and Cambodian-Americans in Lowell, Massachusetts.
pierSath, Chath
This qualitative research assesses mental health resources from the perspective of providers in Cambodia and in Lowell, Massachusetts. The research documents culturally relevant coping strategies available to Cambodians for combating the effects of trauma and stress. Interviews were conducted with 11 caregivers in Cambodia and with 6 providers in Lowell. Participants identified the breakdown of traditional helping systems, poverty, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as major results of past traumas experienced by Cambodians after the Khmer Rouge. In helping people cope with these traumas, participants found that using a combination of Western and traditional healing pathways was helpful. Commonly identified coping resources included one-to-one counseling; faith healing through Buddhism; the use of Western medication; individual and community education; support groups; and inner focus through artistic and cultural expressions. Participants in Lowell and Cambodia pointed to the need for community education and the integration of terms of taxonomies that are familiar to Cambodians in order for them to understand the trauma and begin the recovery process. In Cambodia, the integration of Western forms of healing practices with that of Cambodian traditional practices has proven to be successful and points to a possible approach for Lowell. (Contains 6 tables and 35 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia; Massachusetts