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Resilience building through alternative intervention: ‘STARTTS “Project Bantu Capoeira Angola”’; On the road to recovery

1 STARTTS, Senior Research Officer STARTTS, Carramar, NSW Australia
2 (Mestre Roxinho), STARTTS, Capoeria Master and project worker, NSW Australia
3 STARTTS CEO, Research Coordinator and Clinical Services Coordinator, NSW Australia
4 STARTTS, Research Coordinator and Clinical Services Coordinator, NSW Australia

Correspondence Address:
Shakeh Momartin,
STARTTS, Carramar
NSW Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_6_18

As a consequence of prolonged exposure to the high levels of cumulative trauma such as war, gross human rights violations and traumatic loss, refugee adolescents are at significant risk of developing psychological and behavioural complications. During resettlement in Australia, they are often faced with social challenges. It is vital to provide support at this vulnerable stage to reduce future setbacks. In response to the high rates of truancy, challenging behaviour in school and negative relationship with teachers and peers, Capoeira Angola programme was implemented to help them better settle in school life, build resilience, using individual strengths and kinesthetic movement for personal growth and recovery. The main aim of this qualitative evaluation was to establish efficacy and ascertain the impact attributable to the programme on psychological and social issues. Positive changes were observed by participant and teacher’s accounts, demonstrating improvements in resilience, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and school attendance. The significance and benefits of the programme was established and was endorsed its continuation.

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