Coping styles in the treatment of traumatized refugees


Which approach is most beneficial is yet unclear and Basoglu (2006) critiques this lack of progress in the field and pleas for empirically driven interventions on PTSD. To address this issue, Ter Heide is currently conducting a randomized trial to compare the efficacy of EMDR and stabilisation in a sample of of traumatized refugees and asylum seekers (hereafter the term refugees refers to both refugees and asylum seekers). The feasibility and acceptability of such a trial was demonstrated in a pilot study (Ter Heide, Mooren, Kleijn, De Jongh, & Kleber, 2011). To further counseling theory, research and practice, it should however also be examined “when” and “for whom” PTSD treatments are effective and therefore we should engage in research on moderators (Frazier, Tix & Barron; 2004). Hence, the present study examines the role ofcoping styles as possible moderators in EMDR and stabilistation treatment of traumatized refugees. This study attempts to add empirical value to the theoretical framework on the treatment of PTSD in refugees and this may also have clinical implications as to which treatment is more beneficial for which patients.






Daniël Medema

Original Work Citation

Medema, D. M. (2012). Coping styles in the treatment of traumatized refugees. (Master's thesis, Utrecht University). Retrieved from



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