International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION) Vol. 3(2), pp. 71 - 81
DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2015.030203
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Patterns of Coping in the Context of Conflict: Voices of Young Women from Kashmir


Shweta Verma *
Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

ABSTRACT

Growing up in the context of conflict brings one face to face with many challenges. The experiences in such a context, however, also evolve coping mechanisms/ patterns of people. Focusing on the 2010 scenario of unrest in Kashmir, this paper is based on a qualitative research that aimed to explore perspectives of young women from Kashmir in terms of events, impacts and patterns of coping in their life. This research involved 9 young women in the age group of 16 to 26 years from two districts of Kashmir: Srinagar and Budgam. The paper presents findings related to patterns of coping in their life. Narratives of young women presented a sense of collectivism and identification with issues and concerns of other Kashmiris in terms of an identity of victimhood and a sense of being oppressed and discriminated against. Following patterns of coping emerged from narratives: use of community support, preparations based on past experiences, use of supportive relationships and existing resources of family, engagement in activities, expressing and communicating, seeking information and restructuring life and schedules based on information about the situation, normalizing and acceptance, and identification with scenarios/contexts of oppression and struggle for rights.

KEYWORDS
Kashmir, Coping, 2010, Young Women, Youth

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[1] Shweta Verma , "Patterns of Coping in the Context of Conflict: Voices of Young Women from Kashmir," International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 71 - 81, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2015.030203.

(b). APA Format:
Shweta Verma (2015). Patterns of Coping in the Context of Conflict: Voices of Young Women from Kashmir. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), 3(2), 71 - 81. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2015.030203.