A longitudinal study of mental health in refugees from Burma : the impact of therapeutic interventions
van Wyk, Sierra, Schweitzer, Robert, Brough, Mark K., Vromans, Lyn, & Murray, Kate (2012) A longitudinal study of mental health in refugees from Burma : the impact of therapeutic interventions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(10), pp. 995-1003.
Objective: The present study seeks to examine the impact of therapeutic interventions for people from refugee backgrounds within a naturalistic setting. Method: Sixty-two refugees from Burma were assessed soon after arriving in Australia. All participants received standard interventions provided by a resettlement organisation which included therapeutic interventions, assessment, social assistance, and referrals where appropriate. At the completion of service provision a follow-up assessment was conducted. Results: Over the course of the intervention, participants experienced a significant decrease in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and somatisation. Pre-intervention symptoms predicted symptoms post-intervention for post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and somatisation. Post-migration living difficulties, the number of traumas experienced, and the number of contacts with the service agency were unrelated to all mental health outcomes. Conclusions: In the first Australian study of its kind, reductions in mental health symptoms post-intervention were significantly linked to pre-intervention symptomatology and the number of therapy sessions predicted post-intervention symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Future studies need to include larger samples and control groups to verify findings.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||refugees, mental health, intervention studies, evaluation, Burma|
|Subjects:||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
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Sage Publications|
|Deposited On:||11 Dec 2012 00:57|
|Last Modified:||10 Oct 2015 09:22|
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