Testimonial Therapy: Impact on social participation and emotional well being among Indian survivors of torture and organized violence
By Mia Myhre Jørgensen, Jens Modvig, Inger Agger,Lenin Raghuvanshi,Shirin Shabana Khan and Peter Polatin
Published in Torture Journal( Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture,latest issue: Volume 25, Nr. 2, 2015).
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The current study has added to the evidence of TT as an effective method for reducing psychological distress and increasing well-being and social participation in Indian survivors of TOV. Sharing their trauma story through the testimony process improved the survivors’ psychosocial functioning and enabled them to advance on the path to recovery, accepting new responsibilities and regaining satisfactory functioning in their families and environment. Furthermore, it appears that TT has a positive impact at the community level by promoting community empowerment. This study provides the foundation for further research on this aspect, such as controlled trials to determine the effect of TT on individual- and community outcome measures.
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