Refugee families have psychological strengths

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7156.475 (Published 15 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:475
  1. Sami Timimi, Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
  1. Child and Family Consultation Service, London E7 8PH

    EDITOR—As a child psychiatrist who grew up in a refugee family I take issue with Hodes's editorial about refugee children.1 It views refugees and their experiences through the eyes of a Western psychiatrist. This, unfortunately, means that the picture of illness and disorder portrayed puts an emphasis on Western notions of psychopathology; this gives the impression that there is much serious …

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