Interesting article that looks at music therapy in a Palestinian refugee camp:
Hope and Recognition. A Music Project among Youth in a Palestinian Refugee Camp
The Palestinian children, as a consequence of their parents� and their own adverse experiences, acquire the most negative elements of the tasks of Adult Development. First mistrust, then shame, which moves on to guilt, inferiority and identity diffusion (that is sustained separation from social, residential, economic and ideological dependency on family of origin) (Ghandour, 2001, p. 157).
I believe that the two most critical aspects that affect the development of the Palestinian child in Lebanon are: the inevitable sense of a transitory and unstable life; theirs/ours is a future which is (as it has been) always unpredictable and we seem to have no control over it. The second is the impossibility for the parents to build a career or have a long-term job that minimizes their control of the future of their families, on both the economic and social fronts (Ghandour, 2001, p. 157).
How can a Palestinian child become a Palestinian? From where can he or she acquire a strong belief in continuity? What will he or she believe in � poverty, abuse, trauma, and insecurity? Who serves as his or her role model � an unemployed father, an exhausted mother, an unjust rule, or a hostile neighbour? Barring such identification, shame and guilt seep easily into the formulation of Palestinian self-identity! (Ghandour, 2001, p. 157).