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Abstract

This randomized controlled study assessed the efficacy of group psychodrama intervention in reducing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and enhancing Quality of Life (QoL) for Syrian Refugee Abused Women (RAW) who were living in the Al- Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Forty IPV refugee Syrian women were randomly assigned to either the psychodrama group (n=20) or the control/comparison group (n=20). The DVQ and WHOQOL-100 were used to assess the IPV and QoL, respectively. The psychodrama group attended 12 psychodrama sessions (one session per week). The results indicated that the psychodrama group participants demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in IPV severity and enhancement in all QoL sub-dimensions (with one exception of the environmental sub-dimension). The study suggested and recommended other family members involved in any further family counseling interventions for refugees.

Note on the Author

Jalal K. Damra is associate professor in counseling and mental health in the Department of Educational Psychology and Psychological Counseling at Hashemite University (Jordan, Zarqa) since 2011, and is a member of the Psychology Department at Sultan Qaboos University (Oman, Al-seeb) (sabbatical leave 2021). He is a licensed counsellor and psychotherapist with experience in utilizing mental health projects, working with refugees and traumatized cases, torture survivals rehabilitation, and working on empowering IPV survivals at both the clinical and managerial levels and preparing training materials in counseling refugees and other vulnerable categories. Email (jalal@hu.edu.jo, J.damra@squ.edu.om).

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