Review of refugee mental health and wellbeing: Australian perspectives

Davidson, Graham R., Murray, Kate E., & Schweitzer, Robert (2008) Review of refugee mental health and wellbeing: Australian perspectives. Australian Psychologist, 43(3), pp. 160-174.

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This review covers refugee mental health and wellbeing within the Australian context to assist psychologists who provide services for, or who conduct research with, refugees. It provides a brief overview of the refugee movement, prior to examining evidence relating to the impacts of pre-displacement, displacement and resettlement factors on psychological adjustment in the resettlement phase, and the systemic and sociopolitical factors that influence the process of adaptation during resettlement. Australian findings suggest that mental health and wellbeing outcomes are influenced by a complexity of pre-displacement, displacement, resettlement and systemic factors; the detention or award of temporary residence to refugees who are already experiencing psychological distress on arrival are cases in point. Limitations of the findings are considered. More research into the combined, pathwise relations between the psychosocial pre-determinants and psychological sequelae of the refugee experience is required. Finally, suggestions for the development of practice, training and ethical guidelines are offered.

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ID Code: 18177
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Asylum, Ethical issues, Ethnic and race issues, Mental health, Psychological disorders, Refugees, Social and cultural correlates, Social issues, Stereotyping - prejudice and discrimination
DOI: 10.1080/00050060802163041
ISSN: 0005-0067
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
1School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, 3School of Psychology and Counselling,
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and 2Department of Psychology,
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States
Deposited On: 29 Apr 2009 05:47
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 22:38

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