Current Psychiatry Reports

, 15:341

Refugee Children: Mental Health and Effective Interventions

Authors

  • Laura Pacione
    • Équipe de recherche et d’intervention transculturelles, Divisions of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and Child PsychiatryMcGill University
  • Toby Measham
    • Équipe de recherche et d’intervention transculturelles, Divisions of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and Child PsychiatryMcGill University
    • Équipe de recherche et d’intervention transculturelles, Divisions of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and Child PsychiatryMcGill University
Child and Adolescent Disorders (TD Benton, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-012-0341-4

Cite this article as:
Pacione, L., Measham, T. & Rousseau, C. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2013) 15: 341. doi:10.1007/s11920-012-0341-4
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Child and Adolescent Disorders

Abstract

The mental health consequences of war and other forms of organized violence for children represent a serious global public health issue. Much of the research on the mental health of war-affected civilians has focused on refugees who have sought asylum in high-income countries and face the dual stress of a traumatic past and resettlement. This review will focus on the mental health of refugee children who have fled war as well as interventions to both prevent and treat adverse mental health outcomes. While war can have devastating mental health consequences, children raised in the midst of armed conflict also display resilience. Effective interventions for refugee children will be discussed both in terms of prevention and treatment of psychopathology, with a focus on recent developments in the field.

Keywords

RefugeeAsylum-seekerChildAdolescentWarDisplacementResettlementMental healthPost-traumatic stress disorderPTSDTraumaPsychotherapyResiliencePreventionTreatmentAdvocacyChild and adolescent disordersPsychiatry

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