ERIC Number: EJ857244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Darfur Refugees in Cairo: Mental Health and Interpersonal Conflict in the Aftermath of Genocide
Meffert, Susan M.; Marmar, Charles R.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v24 n11 p1835-1848 2009
Hundreds of thousands of Darfur people affected by the Sudanese genocide have fled to Cairo, Egypt, in search of assistance. Collaborating with Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), the authors conducted a mental health care needs assessment among Darfur refugees in Cairo. Information was collected using individual and focus group interviews to identify gaps in mental health care and develop understandings of emotional and relationship problems. The refugee mental health care system has a piecemeal structure with gaps in outpatient services. There is moderate to severe emotional distress among many Darfur refugees, including symptoms of depression and trauma, and interpersonal conflict, both domestic violence and broader community conflict, elevated relative to pregenocide levels. Given the established relationships between symptoms of depression/traumatic stress and interpersonal violence, improving mental health is important for both preventing mental health decompensation and stemming future cycles of intra- and intergroup conflict.
Descriptors: Health Needs, Family Violence, Needs Assessment, Mental Health Programs, Focus Groups, Conflict, Mental Health, Death, Interviews, Foreign Countries, Emotional Disturbances, Refugees, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Interpersonal Relationship, Depression (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt (Cairo)