Women of War: Emotional Needs of Ethnic Albanians in Refugee Camps


Drumm, Rene, Sharon Pittman, and Shelly Perry. 2001. "Women of War: Emotional Needs of Ethnic Albanians in Refugee Camps." Affilia 16 (4): 467-87.

Authors: Rene Drumm, Sharon Pittman, Shelly Perry


This qualitative study identified the emotional needs of female Kosovar refugees in southern Albania in May 1999, about 1 month following their flight from Kosovo. Common themes that emerged from the interviews included dealing with trauma, anxiety, and boredom and maintaining the hope that they would return home. On the basis of the findings, along with feminist theories as guiding concepts, the authors offer recommendations for the prevention of further trauma and treatment options for women in refugee camps.


Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, Trauma Regions: Europe, Balkans Countries: Albania, Kosovo

Year: 2001

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