Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 890–897

Effects of Post-migration Factors on PTSD Outcomes Among Immigrant Survivors of Political Violence

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9696-1

Cite this article as:
Chu, T., Keller, A.S. & Rasmussen, A. J Immigrant Minority Health (2013) 15: 890. doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9696-1


This study examined the predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a clinical sample of 875 immigrant survivors of political violence resettled in the United States, with a specific aim of comparing the relative predictive power of pre-migration and post-migration experiences. Results from a hierarchical OLS regression indicated that pre-migration experiences such as rape/sexual assault were significantly associated with worse PTSD outcomes, as were post-migration factors such as measures of financial and legal insecurity. Post-migration variables, which included immigration status in the US, explained significantly more variance in PTSD outcomes than premigration variables alone. Discussion focused on the importance of looking at postmigration living conditions when treating trauma in this population.


PTSD Immigrants Mental health Political violence 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn CollegeCity University of New YorkBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.New York University School of MedicineBellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of TortureNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Fordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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