APA: Working with Refugee and Forced Displacement Patients
Door: Suzan Song
Refugees and other conflict-affected persons are reported to have a 15% to 30% prevalence of PTSD and depression, compared with the 3.5% prevalence of PTSD among non-refugee populations.
Research shows that the strongest predictors of poor mental health among this population are exposure to torture and a cumulative number of traumatic events. Factors such as torture, separation from family, stressful asylum processes, isolation, and disadvantage in the host country have been shown to worsen mental health. The post-migration environment can also worsen mental health, including prolonged detention, insecure immigration status, poor access to services, and limitations on work and education.