Active survival in the lives of unaccompanied minors: coping strategies, resilience, and the relevance of religion

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Title: Active survival in the lives of unaccompanied minors: coping strategies, resilience, and the relevance of religion
Authors: Ní Raghallaigh, Muireann
Gilligan, Robbie
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Date: Jan-2010
Abstract: Asylum-seeking unaccompanied minors contend with numerous challenges as they adjust to living in a new country. Although increasing attention has been paid to their capacity for resilience, little research has been done on the exact manner in which they cope. This paper describes some of the insights gleaned from a qualitative study undertaken with unaccompanied minors living in Ireland. Six different coping strategies are identified, namely: (1) Maintaining continuity in a changed context, (2) Adjusting by learning and changing, (3) Adopting a positive outlook, (4) Suppressing emotions and seeking distraction, (5) Acting independently, and (6) Distrusting. These are described in turn. Particular attention is paid to the role of religion in relation to the participants' coping strategies.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Journal: Child and Family Social Work
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Start page: 226
End page: 237
Copyright (published version): 2010 Blackwell Publishing
Keywords: Asylum seekersCoping strategiesReligious faithResilienceUnaccompanied minors
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00663.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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