ERIC Number: EJ958432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Creating a Culture of Healing in Multiethnic Communities: An Integrative Approach to Prevention and Amelioration of Violence-Induced Conditions
Danesh, H. B.
Journal of Community Psychology, v36 n6 p814-832 Aug 2008
In this article, the author describes the nature and dynamics of the culture of healing and the prerequisites for its creation. The concept of the culture of healing emerged over the course of 7 years of implementation of the Education for Peace (EFP) Program in over 100 primary and secondary schools in the ethnically divided Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The process of change from conflict-based to peace-based ways of thinking and behaving in this multiethnic society, slowly and painfully emerging from a devastating civil war, is described and the dynamics of interface between a culture of healing and individual psychological processes are described. In the culture of healing, health is defined as a state of organic unity--wholeness, equilibrium, balance, and harmony--and healing as the process of creating unity in all aspects of individual and community life. At the core of this process is the essential transformation from conflict-based to unity-based worldviews--ideas, attitudes, relationships, and practices. The author describes and analyzes the empirical and research findings of the EFP-BiH project and its relevance to the currently high level of global interethnic discord and conflict.
Descriptors: War, Peace, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Elementary Secondary Education, Cultural Pluralism, Conflict, Violence, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Conflict Resolution
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina