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Adolescents and WarHow Youth Deal with Political Violence$
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Brian K Barber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343359.001.0001

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Tasting the World

Tasting the World

Life after Wartime for Bosnian Teens in Chicago

(p.255) Chapter 11 Tasting the World
Adolescents and War

Stevan Weine

Alma Klebic

Adana Celik

Mirela Bicic

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Bosnian youth who survived ethnic cleansing and war, and who are living as refugees in Chicago. It presents a collaborative effort between several Bosnian youth and an American psychiatrist and scholar to document and analyze these youths' experiences with political violence. Through a series of first-person accounts and interviews, youths underscore the important point that refugee trauma for adolescents encompasses not only exposure to war and other forms of political violence, but also the experiences of social and cultural marginalization associated with displacement, exile immigration, and urbanization. A trauma bundle perspective is described that can assist in understanding how to better support teen refugees' efforts to manage enormous changes in their lives.

Keywords:   youth, adolescents, war, political violence, refugee trauma

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