Coping strategies of internally displaced women in Georgia: a qualitative study

Seguin, M., Lewis, R. , Razmadze, M., Amirejibi, T. and Roberts, B. (2017) Coping strategies of internally displaced women in Georgia: a qualitative study. Social Science and Medicine, 194, pp. 34-41. (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.014) (PMID:29073505)

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There is limited evidence on the coping strategies of conflict-affected civilians in low and middle income countries. The aim of this paper is to explore the coping strategies used by women internally displaced within the Republic of Georgia due to the Russo-Georgian war in 2008. We use a five-fold coping typology to examine coping strategies in the accounts of 42 Georgian women residing in internally-displaced persons settlements. Semi-structured interviews were conducted during fieldwork in Georgia from December 2012 to February 2013. Problem solving and support seeking behaviours emerged as the most-commonly-used strategies. The findings suggest interventions fostering sustainable livelihoods and robust social networks are needed to utilise the coping strategies commonly used by internally displaced women in Georgia.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lewis, Dr Ruth
Authors: Seguin, M., Lewis, R., Razmadze, M., Amirejibi, T., and Roberts, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Social Science and Medicine
ISSN (Online):1873-5347
Published Online:16 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Social Science and Medicine 194: 34-41
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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