Addressing the Mother–Infant Relationship in Displaced Communities

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Bobigny, France), University Paris 13, 125 Rue de Stalingrad, 93000 Bobigny, France.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.6). 08/2008; 17(3):551-68, viii. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.02.008
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Delivering appropriate care to refugee families requires complex care systems and models that take account of the social, cultural, and political dimensions as well as the psychologic dimension. Children born into these families are exposed to consequences of their own past experiences and also may be subject to the transmission of the traumas experienced by their parents. This exposure can lead to alterations in these children's individual creative resources. Early, tailored care should be provided for these families, so that the transmission of the trauma and its consequences can be managed or ameliorated.

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