Journal article

Psychological trauma and help seeking behaviour amongst resettled Iraqi refugees in attending English tuition classes in Australia

Shameran Slewa-Younan, Jonathan M Mond, Elise Bussion, Maral Melkonian, Yaser Mohammad, Hanan Dover, Mitchell Smith, Diana Milosevic, Anthony Francis Jorm

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To examine levels of psychological distress and help seeking behaviour in resettled refugees attending English tuition classes in Australia, and their associations with participants' demographic characteristics. METHODS: Data was collected by bilingual interviewers between March and November 2013. A volunteer sample of attendees of Adult Migrant English Programs (AMEP) in Western Sydney were recruited. Participants were two hundred and twenty five Iraqi refugees resettled in Western Sydney, who had left Iraq no earlier than 1991, were fluent in Arabic and/or English, and were between the ages of 18 and 70. The chief outcome measures used were the Kessler Psychological Distress Sc..

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