Screening for War Trauma, Torture, and Mental Health Symptoms Among Newly Arrived Refugees: A National Survey of U.S. Refugee Health Coordinators

Patricia Shannon, Hyojin Im, Emily Becher, Jennifer Simmelink, Elizabeth Wieling, Ann O'Fallon

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Abstract

A total of 44 state refugee health coordinators returned a survey assessing mental health screening practices and barriers to screening. Results show that less than half the states ask refugees about a history of war trauma or torture. Of the 25 states that provide mental health screening, 17 (70.8%) utilize informal conversation rather than standardized measures. Screening practices are highly associated with the number of refugees and community discretionary grants and with the presence of a Services for Survivors of Torture Program. Refugee health coordinators identified the need for short, culturally appropriate mental health screening tools to identify refugees who need assessment and treatment services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-394
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • Mental health screening
  • culture
  • immigrants
  • questionnaire
  • refugee mental health
  • refugees
  • torture
  • war trauma

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