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Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001

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The health impacts of political conflict: new engagements for social work?

The health impacts of political conflict: new engagements for social work?

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Social work and global health inequalities

Shulamit Ramon

Policy Press

Both violent and non-violent political conflicts have negative health consequences, which are socially constructed and also interrelated to the personal, psychological, and social outcomes. At times, however, a conflict brings with it a positive health outcome, as such events make people reconsider key options. Social-work responses to the health challenges that political conflict brings with it are not new, but the need to include them as part and parcel of social-work practice and education has perhaps become more acute, due to living in a globalised world in which political conflict is an all-too-frequent occurrence. This chapter assesses the health impacts of political conflicts, ways to address health challenges in political-conflict contexts, and examples of health-related social-work challenges (the health of refugees and work with asylum seekers). It also focuses on how to meet mental-health needs, the effect of political conflict on social workers, and implications for social-work practice and social-work education.

Keywords:   health, political conflicts, social work, social-work education, refugees, asylum seekers, mental health, social workers

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