Underrepresentation of men in gender based humanitarian and refugee trauma research: a scoping review

Author(s): William AFFLECK, Ann SELVADURAI, Lindsey SIKORA

https://doi.org/10.1097/WTF.0000000000000157

Abstract

Sex and gender are important considerations within refugee studies. Risks to health and wellbeing may manifest differently for refugee women and men, as may the use of health and social services and responses to interventions. Since the 1980s, increased attention has been paid to the experience of girls and women in refugee and humanitarian research, however, much less attention has been paid to boys and men. The purpose of this systematic scoping review was to investigate whether there is a gender bias in refugee and humanitarian research on refugee trauma. Findings demonstrate that since 1988, fully 95% of gender focused refugee research addressed women’s issues, while only 5% addressed the experience of refugee men. This article offers possible explanations for this gap and discusses its ramifications for both research and clinical practice.

Keywords: gender, gender bias, sex

Tags: Refugees, Men, Gender, Traumatic life events

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