“We are family, even when apart”: family separation and mental health in refugees

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In her debut blog Elizabeth Hall reviews a study focusing on the impact of family separation on mental health outcomes among settled refugees in Australia.

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The links between social deprivation and mental health problems in immigrants and non-immigrants

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Rudo Dube writes about an Australian study of socially fragmented neighbourhoods and psychological distress among immigrants and non-immigrants in Australia.

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Dental neglect in children and adolescents -prevalence and risk factors

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This review of the prevalence of dental neglect and risk factors in children and adolescents included 10 observational studies. A high prevalence of dental neglect (range 10% to 83%) and caries ( range 38.9% to 99% )was identified.

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Migrants with first episode psychosis are more likely to receive inpatient care, according to new Swedish population study

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In her debut blog, Natasha Chilman blogs about a Swedish cohort study of 1.3 million people, which finds that migrants with first episode psychosis are more likely to receive inpatient care.

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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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