Proceedings of 1st Workshop on Environmental Science, Society, and Technology, WESTECH 2018, December 8th, 2018, Medan, Indonesia

Research Article

Children Psychosocial Development: An Effort to Manage the Knowledge on Child Refugees in Indonesia

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.8-12-2018.2283924,
        author={Erika  Chrisiani and Johanna Debora Imelda},
        title={Children Psychosocial Development: An Effort to Manage the Knowledge on Child Refugees in Indonesia},
        proceedings={Proceedings of 1st Workshop on Environmental Science, Society, and Technology, WESTECH 2018, December 8th, 2018, Medan, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={WESTECH},
        year={2019},
        month={6},
        keywords={child welfare community empowerment family identity psychosocial development refugee children learning centre},
        doi={10.4108/eai.8-12-2018.2283924}
    }
    
  • Erika Chrisiani
    Johanna Debora Imelda
    Year: 2019
    Children Psychosocial Development: An Effort to Manage the Knowledge on Child Refugees in Indonesia
    WESTECH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.8-12-2018.2283924
Erika Chrisiani1,*, Johanna Debora Imelda1
  • 1: Fakultas FISIP Universitas Indonesia, Gedung Nusantara II Kampus FISIP UI, Indonesia
*Contact email: erikachrisiani@gmail.com

Abstract

Stateless refugees in Indonesia, especially children, encounter long-time obscurity and scarcity of resources before being placed in a destination country. As an effort to manage the knowledge of child refugees, this study discusses how parents contribute to their psychosocial development. This study uses qualitative research with in-depth interviews and document studies. Interviews were conducted with refugee children who were Cisarua Refugee Learning Center (CRLC) students, aged 14–16, their parents, and teachers in West Java. This study suggests that, first, refugee children were advanced in psychosocial development for their ages, especially in the development of vision, ideals, and views of the future. Second, parents’ socialization and the environment greatly affected refugee children’s psychosocial development. Third, the environment integrated into the community-based organization (CRLC) contributed effectively to their development. Therefore, there must be family empowerment and institutionalization of community-based organizations in refugee camps for stateless children to develop properly.