Title

A family-based mental health program of recovery from state terror in Kosova

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-29-2005

Journal

Behavioral Sciences and the Law

Volume

23

Issue

4

DOI

10.1002/bsl.650

Abstract

Family processes of communication, mutual support, and sustenance of cultural values can play vital roles in recovery from psychological and material damage in societies afflicted by terror. This is particularly the case when a campaign of terror has specifically targeted family life and its traditions, when the culture is one whose identity has been centered in its families, and when public mental health resources have been scarce. At the end of the 1999 war in Kosova, the Kosovar Family Professional Educational Collaborative (KFPEC) was initiated to counter mental health sequelae of war in Kosova. This initiative focused upon the recovery and strengthening of Kosovar families, rather than the psychiatric treatment of individuals for post-traumatic symptoms. Findings and outcomes from this project may usefully inform the design of other international public mental health initiatives. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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