The Mental Health of War-wounded Refugees: An 8-year Follow-up
2002 (English)In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, ISSN 0022-3018, E-ISSN 1539-736X, Vol. 190, 374-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The complex nature of recent wars and armed conflicts has forced many war-injured persons into exile. To investigate their long-term mental health, three instruments for assessing mental health (HSCL-25, PTSS-10, and a Well-Being scale) were presented to 44 war-wounded refugees from nine different countries 8 years after arrival in Sweden. The prevalence of psychiatric symptoms was high and corresponds to findings in previous studies of refugee patient populations. A lower level of mental health was associated with higher education, unemployment, and poor physical health. The findings suggest a high psychiatric morbidity and a need for psychiatric interventions in this refugee group. Methodological issues to be considered in research on sequels of war traumas are discussed.
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2002. Vol. 190, 374-380 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26270DOI: 10.1097/01.NMD.0000018962.53513.EELocal ID: 10784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26270DiVA: diva2:246818