Kenneth E. Miller, PhD, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University;
Bosnian Refugees and the Stressors of Exile: A Narrative Study
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
2002 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 72, Issue 3, pages 341–354, July 2002
How to Cite
Miller, K. E., Worthington, G. J., Muzurovic, J., Tipping, S. and Goldman, A. (2002), Bosnian Refugees and the Stressors of Exile: A Narrative Study. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 72: 341–354. doi: 10.1037/0002-94184.108.40.2061
We extend our deep appreciation to the participants who made this study possible. This study was funded by a grant from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University.
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
- Received July 30, 2001, Revision received February 4, 2002, Accepted April 22, 2002
The authors used semistructured interviews to examine exile-related stressors affecting a sample of 28 adult Bosnian refugees in Chicago. The interviews covered 3 areas: life in prewar Bosnia, the journey of exile, and, most centrally, life in Chicago. Primary sources of exile-related distress included social isolation and the loss of community, separation from family members, the loss of important life projects, a lack of environmental mastery, poverty and related stressors such as inadequate housing, and the loss of valued social roles. The implications of these findings for mental health interventions with refugees are considered, and the value of narrative methods in research with refugee communities is discussed.