Supporting the mental health of refugees: further evidence highlights the need for cultural awareness and competence

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Zuva Dengu reviews a German cross-sectional representative study exploring the psychological distress of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other countries, which focuses on the individual and contextual risk factors and potential consequences for integration of refugees into German society.

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Asylum seekers are penalised for inconsistent narratives: what can we learn from frontline professionals?

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Lucy Purnell reviews a qualitative study which suggests that the applications of asylum seekers should not be rejected on the basis that there are inconsistencies between interviews.

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Suicide risk: could migration be a protective factor?

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Dafni Katsampa’s latest blog looks at a new study exploring the influence of migration on risk of suicide in refugees in Sweden.

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Can PTSD in refugees affect their children’s well-being via harsher parenting styles?

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David Turgoose writes his debut elf blog on a longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on refugees’ parenting and their children’s mental health.

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Treatments for traumatised refugees: more complex interventions needed

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Mina Fazel considers the findings of a recent systematic review of psychosocial interventions for adult refugees and asylum seekers, which highlights the difficulty of generalising findings given the many different sources of heterogeneity of included studies.

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Increased vulnerability of migrants: non-affective psychosis in Sweden

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Mina Fazel considers the findings of a new Swedish cohort study, which looks at the risk of schizophrenia and other non-affective psychoses in refugee migrants and non-refugee migrants from across three continents.

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Mental health therapy for refugee and asylum seeking children: a small evidence base for a big problem

Refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders compared to non-refugee migrants [see previous blog].

Laurence Palfreyman considers the very small and mixed evidence base of mental health interventions for refugee and asylum seeking children presented in a well conducted systematic review from last year.

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