A Journey to Healing : Identifying Intergenerational Trauma, ACEs, Racial Trauma and PTSD in Mothers of Color

Childhood adversity has been linked to adverse consequences on health, behavior, and interpersonal relationships among affected adults. Parental history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) not only impacts their children's health and well-being but heightens the risk of perpetuating intergenerational patterns of trauma transmission (Schickedanz et al., 2021). However, an absence of studies examining the connection among parental history of ACEs, PTSD, and racial trauma, prompted the need for this study.


Forced displacement and subsequent generations’ migration intentions : intergenerational transmission of family migration capital

A growing body of evidence for the ‘family migration capital’ hypothesis – whereby migration experience in a family leads to a greater propensity to move among migrants’ descendants – has so far relied on accounts of any migration experience, including voluntary moves.


Complex posttraumatic stress disorder in intergenerational trauma transmission among Eritrean asylum-seeking mother-child dyads

Background: Traumatic stress among forcibly displaced people has a variety of adverse consequences beyond individual mental health, including implications for poor socioemotional developmental outcomes for their children post-displacement. 


Objective: This study explored the intergenerational transmission of maternal ICD-11 Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and depression among asylum-seeking mothers for their children's internalizing and externalizing difficulties. 


Measuring refugees’ capabilities : translation, adaptation, and valuation of the OxCAP-MH into Juba Arabic for use among South Sudanese male refugees in Uganda

Forcibly displaced populations are highly vulnerable to psychosocial distress and mental disorders, including alcohol misuse. In an ongoing trial that seeks to develop a transdiagnostic intervention addressing psychological distress and alcohol use disorders among conflict-affected populations, we will carry out a cost-effectiveness evaluation using a capability-based Oxford Capabilities Mental Health (OxCAP-MH) measure. The OxCAP-MH is a 16-item questionnaire developed from the Capability Approach, that covers multiple domains of functioning and welfare.

Nurturing families : A feasibility randomised controlled trial of a whole-family intervention with vulnerable families in Jordan

Armed conflict and forced displacement can significantly strain nurturing family environments, which are essential for child well-being. Yet, limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of family-systemic interventions in these contexts. We  conducted a two-arm, single-masked, feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial (fRCT) of a whole-family intervention with Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian families in Jordan. Weaimed to determine the feasibility of intervention and study procedures to inform a fully-powered RCT.

Group Schema Therapy for Refugees with Treatment-Resistant PTSD and Personality Pathology

Introduction. Patients with complex forms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may benefit from schema therapy. While a small number of studies point to the effectiveness of individual schema therapy in refugees with PTSD, no evidence on group schema therapy (GST) in refugees exists. To illustrate and advocate for the use of GST in refugee patients with treatment-resistant PTSD and comorbid personality pathology, a case report is presented. 


Growing Out of Trauma : An Examination of Protective Factors Predicting Posttraumatic Growth among Syrian Refugees in Turkey

As the Syrian crisis has reached its 10th year, this paper explores posttraumatic growth and the related factors among Syrian refugees in Turkey, with the aim of having a better understanding of the predictors of PTG and the risk factors that may play a role in the inhibition of the growth. In this cross-sectional study, 217 displaced Syrian refugees completed the Post Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI), Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ), Brief COPE, General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES), PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5), and sociodemographic information form by a self-reported online survey.

Social Isolation among Genocide Ex-Prisoners in Rwanda : A Mixed Method Study of Prevalence and Associated Factors

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of social isolation and identify associated risk factors among genocide ex-prisoners in Rwanda. A cross-sectional study, using a mixed method approach, involved 382 respondents for the quantitative and 14 respondents for the qualitative data collection and analysis. The Lubben Social Network Scale was used to measure social isolation. Bivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to determine the association of social isolation with sociodemographic and social environmental variables.

A Refugee and Immigrant Peer Support Program in the United States

This field report describes the development and implementation of a curriculum for peer psychosocial support (PSS) for refugees and immigrants in the United States. From 2017 to 2019, we piloted an adapted PSS multistakeholder-approved peer curriculum to assess its relevance in several refugee groups. The program certified 106 peer support specialists from backgrounds representing 35 countries and more than 38 languages.

Assessing adverse childhood experiences in young refugees : a systematic review of available questionnaires

Today, various questionnaires are available to assess Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in children; however, it is uncertain if these questionnaires are comprehensive in addressing adversities of vulnerable subgroups, specifically refugee children. This review’s objectives are to (1) identify current ACE questionnaires and determine if they are suitable in assessing refugee children’s adversities, and (2) identify those previously used within a refugee population.