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Mental Health Issues in Unaccompanied Refugee Minors


Huemer, Julia
Karnik, Niranjan S.
Voelkl-Kernsock, Sabine


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health v.3 , April 2009, 10 pages

Description of Resource

This study evaluated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs) in the United States.  After assessing medical records of URMs from 1998 to 2008, the study found that these children have higher levels of PTSD than non-refugee youth and accompanied refugee minors.  The article calls for further study on long-term outcomes, stress management, and the creation of standardized, culturally-sensitive measures for a diverse refugee population of unaccompanied children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.