Mechanisms underlying the mental health impact of family separation on resettled refugees
Belinda J Liddell, Yulisha Byrow, Meaghan O'Donnell, Vicki Mau, Nicole Batch, Tadgh McMahon, Richard Bryant, Angela Nickerson
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020
OBJECTIVE: Many refugees experience prolonged separation from family members, which research suggests has adverse effects on mental health and post-displacement outcomes in refugee populations. We examine mental health differences in refugees separated and not separated from their families, and key post-migration factors and cultural mechanisms that may underlie this impact. METHODS: A sample of 1085 refugees resettled in Australia, of which 23.3% were separated from all of their immediate family, took part in an online battery of survey measures indexing pre- and post-migration refugee experiences, mental health symptoms, disability and individualistic/collectivistic self-identity. Family s..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (Grant No. LP160100670).