The Role of Spirituality and Resilience after the War Experience among Yemeni Refugee Students in the KSA: A Qualitative Method Approach

Manal Ali Ahmed Garoon


The purpose of this article was to explore the role of spirituality and resilience in coping and adaptation among Yemeni refugee students. This qualitative study aimed to explore the themes of spirituality and resilience that emerged among Yemeni refugee students who have experienced from conditions of war after the war that began in Yemen in 2015. This study applied in-depth, semi-structured interviews to explore the themes through qualitative interviews with Yemeni refugee students in Saudi Arabia. Thematic analysis was used to determine the role of spirituality and resilience in coping and adaptation. The study showed that Yemeni refugee students commonly use five main coping and adaptation methods to improve their lives in the host country. The five themes that emerged included: 1) religious practices and (2) satisfaction with fate (qadar) and Acceptance (rida) Fate as themes of spirituality. In addition to three themes of resilience, which included (1) optimism, (2) build new relations, and (3) the role of family support.


Refugee; Spirituality; Resilience; Displacement; Yemen


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