I Am Safe While Playing; I Know You Feel the Same Emotions

I Am Safe While Playing; I Know You Feel the Same Emotions

Behiye Ertaş (Bozok University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3322-1.ch014
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Abstract

In this study, games were prepared in order to reduce the traumas that immigrant children experienced during migration or where they migrated, socialization, development of empathic skills, and adaptation to the new surroundings. It is thought that prepared games will provide positive contributions to the physical and mental health of children.
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Introduction

Due to wars in the Middle East, many individuals have had to migrate from their places of residence. Whatever the religion of an immigrant is, regardless of age, national identity, gender, reason for migration, level of education, cultural and social background, great turbulence arises in the inner world. On the one hand, in a foreign country or in the region, while on the other side the feeling of longing is somewhere in the individual. Individuals who have been forced to leave their homelands, their environment, their homes, their possessions, their friends for a long time, and find themselves in a different world. Being forced to have the safety of life from one side, struggling to survive is overwhelmed by the difficulties of staying between the other side and trying to adapt to the culture, social life and language of the country where it is sheltered. These heavy burdens also lead to a number of demolitions, psychological, social and bodily. Taking these into consideration, especially young children and elderly people feel the migration and the pressure of new places more and more. It is most important to adapt to a new environment and make new friends. Is it possible to reduce the traumas brought on by these difficulties, to attract them to social life, and to live in harmony with their new environment? It is thought that some of the difficulties with the games prepared in this study will come from its superiority.

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