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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Expressive Therapies


This study has investigated the sources of resilience in a sample of Palestinians who experienced the first Intifada and are now studying in the United States. The study found that family and community support, the pursuit of an education, and participation in artistic activities all contribute to individual resilience among Palestinians. In addition, political awareness and activity are another source of resilience, because they help individuals living under the Occupation to find meaning in their life and make sense of their struggles. Currently, young people in Palestine are at risk of developing psychological trauma from exposure to the violence of the second Intifada. Building resilience in children and youths can prevent them from falling victim to trauma. Expressive arts therapy is an effective tool in treating victims of psychological trauma, and it can help build resilience and protect individuals who may be vulnerable to trauma.

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