The mental health of war-wounded refugees : an 8-year follow-up.


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.

Hermansson, Ann-Charlotte Ph.D.; Timpka, Toomas M.D., Ph.D.; Thyberg, Mikael M.D., Ph.D. | 2002
In: The Journal of nervous and mental disease, ISSN 0022-3018 | 190 | 6 | Jun | 374-380
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