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Mental Health, Pre-migratory Trauma and Post-migratory Stressors Among Adult Refugees

  • Jessica CarlssonEmail author
  • Charlotte Sonne
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Abstract

The refugee experience is characterised by exposure to multiple traumatic events both in one’s country of origin and during displacement. Researchers have found that severity of traumatic events and cumulative trauma are associated with an increased prevalence of mental health problems. Refugees typically also experience numerous post-migratory stressors following arrival in the resettlement country. Accordingly, several studies have found an association between pre-migratory traumatic events, post-migratory stressors and mental health outcomes in refugees. In this chapter, common trauma-related mental health problems among refugees will be presented. The influence of traumatic events and post-migratory stressors on refugee mental health will be discussed. The information provided in the chapter is based on available research as well as the authors’ clinical experience at the Competence Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry (CTP) in Denmark.

Keywords

Trauma Post-migratory stressors Refugee Mental health PTSD 

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  1. 1.Competence Centre for Transcultural PsychiatryMental Health Centre Ballerup, Mental Health Services of the Capital Region of DenmarkCopenhagenDenmark

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