This study reveals the experience of 8 Albanian women living in communities in Kosovo as survivors of large-scale trauma. The researcher used the Cultural Formation Interview (Informant Version, DSM-V, 2013) to explore the cultural perception of cause, context, support, barriers, coping strategies and help-seeking behavior for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The interviews yield colloquial descriptions of symptoms such as depression, somatic disorders, disassociation, intrusive thoughts and anxiety. The women identified cultural coping behaviors of talking about it, going to the doctor, faith, working hard and making a change in routine. The importance of the role of the husband is highlighted. They describe barriers of stigma and poverty which limit resource access. It is recommended that research be done on a model of PTSD treatment in Kosovo using community-based intervention through meaning focused coping and culture-embedded methods with culture-unique descriptors for addressing trauma-related distress and enhancing post-trauma growth. The study includes other clinical implications, limitations and suggestions for future research.
|Commitee:||Dy-Liacco, Gabriel, Sells, James N.|
|Department:||Psychology and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Albanian women, Community based intervention, Cultural formation interview, Meaning focused coping, PTSD|
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