Social and Political Context of Summer Camps in Occupied Palestine: A Brief Commentary
- Corresponding Author:
- Amira Oudeh
Honorary Assistant Psychologist, 21A The Heathery
Dunfermline, Fife, KY118TS, Scotland
Tel: +44 7535673642
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 01, 2016; Accepted date: February 18, 2016; Published date: February 25, 2016
Citation: Oudeh A, Barron I, Abdallah G, Nizam T, Willatts P (2016) Social and Political Context of Summer Camps in Occupied Palestine: A Brief Commentary. J Psychol Abnorm S1:003. doi:10.4172/2329-9525.S1-003
Copyright: © 2016 Oudeh A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The unique social and political context of the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT) has several implications for conducting research there. The cumulative violence of decades of military occupation has resulted in intergenerational psychological disorders. Due to the lack of funding and poor economic climate, Palestinians seek psychological treatment through communal and creative outlets. One common method Palestinian communities use is summer camps, held across the oPT for children. We investigated the cognitive and emotional responses of children attending summer camps, to explore how effective these camps are in alleviating symptoms of trauma and stress. The current commentary highlights the importance of taking into account the social and political context in which summer camps are delivered. Factors identified for analysis include the geographical situation and the relationship to military violence, the nature and impact of ‘area’ administrative control, the extent of poverty and dependence on aid, and the local decision-making on the purpose and activities of camps as well as the selection criteria for children who attend camps. Recommendations are provided for future research.