Development and validation of a mental health screening tool for asylum-seekers and refugees: the STAR-MH
Debbie C Hocking, Serafino G Mancuso, Suresh Sundram
BMC PSYCHIATRY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: There is no screening tool for major depressive disorder (MDD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in asylum-seekers or refugees (ASR) that can be readily administered by non-mental health workers. Hence, we aimed to develop a brief, sensitive and rapidly administrable tool for non-mental health workers to screen for MDD and PTSD in ASR. METHODS: The screening tool was developed from an extant dataset (n = 121) of multiply screened ASR and tested prospectively (N = 192) against the M.I.N.I. (Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview) structured psychiatric interview. Rasch, Differential Item Functioning and ROC analyses evaluated the psychometric properties and tool util..View full abstract
This project was funded by Cabrini Health and supported by the B.B & A Miller Fund.Funding bodies had no role in the study design, collection and analysis of data, or writing of the manuscript.