Refugee Parenting in Ethiopia and the Netherlands: Being an Eritrean Parent Outside the Country

Benedicte Mouton, Rick Schoenmaeckers, Mirjam van Reisen

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Refugee parents often experience post-traumatic stress due to their past experiences, but how does this affect their parenting? Surprisingly, this study found a high level of parental self-efficacy among Eritrean refugee parents in the Netherlands and Ethiopia. However, this raises concerns about the emotion regulation skills of refugee parents, who have a high level of emotional control and may have learnt to value self-reliance, which can impact on the socio-emotional development of their children. This requires further research as it may affect the long-term development of children of refugee parents and contribute to generational trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Africa:
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Trafficking and the Digital Divide
Place of PublicationBamenda, Cameroon
PublisherLangaa RPCIG
ISBN (Print)9789956551132
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameConnected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa


  • Refugee parents
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eritrea
  • Emotion regulation
  • Parental self-efficacy
  • Generational trauma


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