Journal article

Familial Separations, Coping Styles, and PTSD Symptomatology in Resettled Refugee Youth

Lucy Sarah McGregor, Glenn A Melvin, Louise K Newman

JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015

Abstract

Youth from refugee backgrounds have been found to experience high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even after years of resettlement. The present study sought to investigate how familial separations and coping styles act as correlates of PTSD symptoms in resettled refugee youth (N = 50). Participants (Mage = 16.63; range: 12-21) completed self-report questionnaires assessing PTSD symptoms and their use of coping styles, and engaged in a semi-structured interview designed by the authors to investigate their resettlement and adaptational experiences in Australia. Youth who were separated from immediate family members demonstrated significantly more PTSD symptoms than their counter..

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