Psychological disorder amongst refugee and migrant schoolchildren in London
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Refugee and migrant children are likely to be exposed to many of the risk factors for emotional and behavioural problems. These children form a significant proportion of the school population in London and other inner cities in the UK. However, there are very little epidemiological data available on their mental health. In this study, we aimed to examine the prevalence of psychological problems among refugee and migrant schoolchildren compared to their UK-born peers.
A cross-sectional investigation using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) examined in association with socio-demographic variables including language preference.
Almost a quarter of schoolchildren might be described as having a need, with migrant and refugee children showing greater psychological distress on a number of the sub-scales of the SDQ. Language appears to be an important variable associated with distress.
- Psychological disorder amongst refugee and migrant schoolchildren in London
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume 39, Issue 3 , pp 191-195
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- 1. Research Dept., Barnet, Enfield & Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, Haringey NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust, St. Ann’s Hospital, St. Ann’s Road, London N15 3TH, UK
- 2. Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, Royal Free & University College London, Medical School, University College London, London, UK
- 3. Tavistock Clinic, London, UK
- 4. Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK