Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Refugee Youth

  • Marisa O. Ensor
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_651

Refugee children and adolescents constitute over 45% of the refugee population worldwide. While a number of guidelines and standards have been developed to promote their protection and care, in practice, refugee youth are not always paid sufficient or adequate attention. Their needs and priorities have until recently been considered “on-the-sidelines” of core protection and aid programs, or else subsumed under those of their adult counterparts. One notable exception is the increasing focus on health issues, with a particular emphasis on mental health. Psychosocial research in the area of refugee youth mental health suggests a complex relationship between displacement and health. Studies also suggest that refugee youth have many of the same physical health issues or conditions seen in non-refugee children and adolescents, although with differing prevalence rates.

Mental Health

Refugees of all ages must not only contend with experiences of violence, persecution, and other potentially...

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Suggested Readings

  1. Ahearn, F. L. (Ed.). (2000). Psychosocial wellness of refugees. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books.Google Scholar
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Suggested Resources

  1. Refugee Youth. www.yefugeeyouth.org
  2. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services. www.brycs.org
  3. Lessons from the field: Issues and resources in refugee mental health. http://www.refugeesusa.org/help_ref/lessons_field_manual.pdf
  4. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (2005). Summary note: UNHCR’s strategy and activities concerning refugee children. http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/439841784.html. Accessed April 12, 2011.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisa O. Ensor
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe University of Tennessee, Program on Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights, Center for the Study of Youth and Political ConflictKnoxvilleUSA