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Is the refugee health screener a useful tool when screening 14-18 year old refugee adolescents for emotional distress?
Uppsala Universitet. (CHAP)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology. (AMIR)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0011-7770
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology. (AMIR)
Uppsala Universitet. (CHAP)
2018 (English)In: The Journal of Refugee Studies, ISSN 0951-6328, E-ISSN 1471-6925Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The high number of asylum seekers in Sweden has highlighted the need for structured assessment tools to screen for refugee mental health problems in clinical services. We examined the utility of the Refugee Health Screener (RHS) in refugee adolescents, aged 14-18, attending routine clinical examinations or staying in group homes/refugee centres (N=29). Participants completed a survey, including the RHS, administered through iPads in their native language. The RHS showed excellent internal consistency (α = .96) and correlated moderately with symptoms of PTSD (r=0.41, p=.025). Mean scores and prevalence rates were comparable to a study of adult refugees in Sweden. Unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) scored significantly higher (M=32.0, SD=12.9) compared to youth staying with their families (M=7.5, SD=8.2, p<.001, d=2.27). Our findings confirm that the RHS can be used in the adolescent population in Sweden.  These findings moreover suggest that URMs are a particularly vulnerable group with a large burden of mental health problems.

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Oxford, UK: Oxford Academic , 2018.
Keywords [en]
Refugee mental health, Screening, the Refugee Health Screener
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35289OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35289DiVA, id: diva2:1272339
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2019-01-16Bibliographically approved

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