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Evaluation of a Group-Based Trauma Recovery Program in Gaza: Students' Subjective Experiences

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Internationally, evaluation of group-based trauma recovery programs has relied upon normative outcome measures, with no studies systematically analyzing children's subjective experience for program development. In contrast, the current study explored children's experience of a Gazan recovery program “in their own words.” Twenty-four students (7–17 years) were randomly allocated to three focus groups. Analysis involved a quasi-qualitative thematic approach. Students indicated that the program provided a safe place for understanding trauma, managing emotions, and problem solving. A diversity of personal and school/community gains not normally assessed within outcome studies were reported. The study demonstrates the value of incorporating student experiences into program research/design.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland 2: Centre for Applied Research in Education, Ramallah, Palestine

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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