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ERIC Number: EJ1163379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Resilience and Acculturation among Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
Keles, Serap; Friborg, Oddgeir; Idsøe, Thormod; Sirin, Selcuk; Oppedal, Brit
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v42 n1 p52-63 Jan 2018
The present study was designed to understand differences between unaccompanied refugees who retained or achieved good mental health ("healthy" or "resilient") and those who maintained or developed poor mental health ("clinical" and "vulnerable"). Using person-based analyses, the role of pre-migration traumatic exposure and acculturation-related factors in long-term trajectories of psychological adjustment among unaccompanied refugees was explored. This study included three waves of data collection in a population-based sample. The participants were 918 unaccompanied refugees who had received asylum and residence status in Norway. The pattern of change in depression symptoms over time was used to characterize subgroups displaying "resilient," "vulnerable," "clinical" or "healthy" trajectories. Results indicated that the extent of post-migration acculturation hassles and heritage culture competence, as well as pre-migration traumatic events and gender, distinguished the refugee groups in terms of mental health trajectories. The implications for clinical practice and immigration policy are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale
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