Journal article

Identifying distinctive psychological symptom profiles among a nationally representative sample of refugees resettled in Australia

Angela Nickerson, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Ben Edwards, Meaghan O'Donnell, Mark Creamer, Kim L Felmingham, David Forbes, Alexander C McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Zachary Steel, Miranda van Hoof, Richard A Bryant

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The number of refugees worldwide is unprecedented in recent history. Little is known, however, about profiles of psychological symptoms following persecution and displacement. METHODS: This study reports on a latent class analysis that identified profiles of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety symptoms in a nationally representative sample of 1625 refugees in Australia. The association between specific symptom profiles, exposure to potentially traumatic events and post-migration stressors, and overall health and help-seeking was examined. RESULTS: Latent class analysis yielded an optimal five-class solution. These classes comprised the Pervasive Symptom cl..

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