Asylum Piece by Anna Kavan

By Anna Kavan

This number of tales, ordinarily interlinked and mostly autobiographical, chart the descent of the narrator from the onset of neurosis to ultimate incarceration in a Swiss sanatorium. The feel of paranoia, of persecution by way of a foe or strength that's by no means given a reputation, conjures up The Trial via Kafka, a author with whom Kavan is usually in comparison, even though her deeply own, limited, and virtually international —accented sort has no actual version. an analogous characters who recur throughout—the protagonist's unhelpful "adviser," the buddy and lover who abandons her on the health facility, and an collection of deluded companions—are sketched with no hint of the fashion, self-pity, or sentiment that experience marked more moderen bills of psychological instability.

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By integrating mental health concepts and strategies into the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom with refugees in the United States, Cohon et al. (1986) sought to enhance language mastery, develop skills and strategies for coping with psychological distress, and transform the classroom community itself into a source of social support for its members. New settings also can be created that promote psychological wellness in refugees. In the Bosnian Community Center in Chicago, a setting developed and run by the local Bosnian community, Bosnian refugees have access to companionship, English and computer classes, cultural celebrations, and media resources (T.

This would seem to imply that trauma represents the most pressing mental health concern within refugee communities. It is not clear how this assumption came to be so widely accepted, nor is it clear that it is necessarily warranted. Certainly, as summarized in our earlier review, the data do show an elevated prevalence of psychological trauma among a diversity of refugee populations. However, this does not mean that refugees themselves perceive psychological trauma as among their most pressing concerns.

And pressure can be brought to bear to ensure that refugees are treated fairly under international law and treaties. For example, greater international monitoring of host governments could help ensure that refugees and asylum seekers are not forcibly repatriated, especially when conditions in their countries of origin remain dangerous. At the local level, refugee camps can be made safer, in order to reduce the occurrence of rape and other forms of sexual violence and exploitation. And instead of refugee assistance strategies that foster dependency, programs can be implemented that promote economic selfsufficiency and thereby enhance self-esteem and a sense of efficacy (Harrell Bond, 1999; von Buchwald, 1998).

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