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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 14 Using participatory group activities to understand psycho-social strategies for coping with conflict

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 14 Using participatory group activities to understand psycho-social strategies for coping with conflict Dieneke van der Wijk Introduction was played back to the women some months later in a follow up workshop. In one resettlement village in Sri Lanka, where Oxfam UK/I worked, women heads of Methodology households requested that I talk to them about their problems and worries in life. But it was The study looked at survival strategies as seen difficult for them to reflect on their situation through women's eyes. The data were and therefore participative group techniques collected by working with, and listening to, were introduced to create a relaxed atmosphere groups of women. The participatory group in which womens' emotions could be activities followed a sequence which started expressed in different ways. By encouraging with general issues, such as history and women to share experiences and talk to each government services. We then moved on to other, opportunities arose for greater discuss work-related issues and finally more reflection. From these initial experiences in Sri personal and sensitive issues, such as conflict, Lanka, the study that is described here was late husbands and personal feelings. developed. It was carried out ...

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