Parental PTSD in refugees predicts psychiatric contact in offspring

Bron: Mental Elf

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Datum: 11-11-20

An estimated 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, violence, war, and human rights violations, and more than one third are refugees living in other countries (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2018). Refugees are frequently exposed to trauma during pre-migration, migration and post-migration, including war, violence and stressors in the period of resettlement. Research indicates that refugees are about ten times more likely than the general population to develop PTSD (Fazel et al, 2005). A recent study found a prevalence rate of almost 35% of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in refugees displaced to Germany (Nesterko et al., 2020). What impact does this have on the children of refugees?

Fazel et al. (2012) have suggested that the children of refugees with PTSD are at an increased risk of mental ill-health. Bryant et al. (2019) have highlighted the prevalence of PTSD in refugee populations and the potential for harsher parenting styles to have a negative impact on the mental health of children.

In this blog, we review a study by Nielson et al. (2019) published in the Lancet Public Health, which aimed to investigate whether parental PTSD is associated with childhood psychiatric morbidity among children of refugees.

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