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

Shulamit Ramon

in Social work and global health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI:
The health impacts of political conflict: new engagements for social work?

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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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