Adiponectin gene polymorphisms and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among female rape survivors : an exploratory study

Background: Rape is a common traumatic event which may result in the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet few studies have investigated risk biomarkers in sexually traumatised individuals. Adiponectin is a novel cytokine within inflammatory and cardiometabolic pathways with evidence of involvement in PTSD.

 

Predictors of acute stress disorder in victims of violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Background: The Democratic Republic of the Congo underwent more than 25 years of war resulting in millions of deaths and in survivants struggling with trauma related disorders. The factors contributing to acute stress disorder following a traumatic event remain little understood. Emotion regulation might play a role in the development of acute stress disorder among victims of war-related violence.

 

The psychological consequences of the Ukraine war : What we know, and what we have to learn

On 24th February 2022, Russian troops invaded Ukraine and launched an unprovoked and illegal war, which independent experts have concluded represents an intended genocide.1 The people of Ukraine will surely have experienced horror at the real and immediate threat to their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and to the existence of their nation.

Advocacy for a coordinated and safe response for the mental health and psychosocial needs of children affected by the conflict in Ukraine

The ongoing military actions in Ukraine pose an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of at least 7.5 million children. This situation creates further challenges for many children and adolescents already struggling after nearly 8 years of conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has had a devastating impact on their mental health and well-being. Beyond the direct ones, there are also indirect effects associated with a profound and potentially long-lasting impact on the psychological well-being of an entire generation of children.

Investigating the role of residential migration history on the relationship between attachment and sense of belonging : A SEM approach

With the rate of both domestic and international migration steadily increasing, the psychological impact of residential migration remains largely unexplored. Attachment, the emotional bond we establish with those close to us, and sense of belonging, the feeling of connectedness to a community, may be vulnerable to frequent migration.

 

Help-Seeking Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands : Mental Health, Adverse Life Events, and Living Conditions

Undocumented migrants are a particularly vulnerable group regarding (mental) health, living conditions, and restricted access to health care. The aim and objective of the study was to examine the prevalence and correlates of mental health problems in a help-seeking population of undocumented migrants. Observational study was performed by integrating cross-sectional questionnaire data with retrospective electronic patient record data.

A systematic review of risk and protective factors of mental health in unaccompanied minor refugees

In recent years, there has been a rising interest in the mental health of unaccompanied minor refugees (UMR), who are a high-risk group for mental disorders. Especially the investigation of predictive factors of the mental health of young refugees has received increasing attention. However, there has been no review on this current issue for the specific group of UMR so far.

 

Impact of displacement context on psychological distress in refugees resettled in Australia : a longitudinal population-based study

Aims
Refugees typically spend years in a state of protracted displacement prior to permanent resettlement. Little is known about how various prior displacement contexts influence long-term mental health in resettled refugees. In this study, we aimed to determine whether having lived in refugee camps v. community settings prior to resettlement impacted the course of refugees' psychological distress over the 4 years following arrival in Australia.

Methods

Examining implementation of an intervention to reduce psychological distress and intimate partner violence in a refugee camp setting

An integrated approach to reduce intimate partner violence and improve mental health in humanitarian settings requires coordination across health and protection services. We developed and tested the Nguvu intervention, which combined evidence-based interventions for psychological distress and intimate partner violence among Congolese refugee women in Nyarugusu refugee camp (Tanzania). We conducted 29 semi-structured interviews with Nguvu participants and stakeholders to explore the relevance, acceptability, feasibility, and impact of this intervention.

 

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