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Suicidal ideation and severity of distress among refugees residing in asylum accommodations in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
War Survivors Institute, Long Beach, CA, USA.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0011-7770
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 16, no 15, article id 2751Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Refugees worldwide suffer high levels of distress and are at increased risk for death by suicide. The Refugee Health Screener (RHS) was developed to screen for emotional distress among refugees and can be used to assess distress severity. This paper examines the association between distress severity and suicidal ideation in a sample of refugees residing in asylum accommodations. Data from the RHS and item 9 on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) was analyzed. Results showed that individuals at moderate and severe levels of distress were much more likely to exhibit suicidal ideation than individuals with low levels of distress. Even though we cannot conclude that individuals with low levels of distress do not have thoughts of ending their lives, further suicide assessment is warranted in asylum seekers with moderate to severe distress on the RHS. 

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2019. Vol. 16, no 15, article id 2751
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Refugees, Severity of distress, Suicidal ideation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37013DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16152751Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85070980526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-37013DiVA, id: diva2:1347858
Available from: 2019-09-02 Created: 2019-09-02 Last updated: 2019-09-02Bibliographically approved

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