Mental disorders, disability and health service use amongst Vietnamese refugees and the host Australian population
Article first published online: 1 DEC 2004
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 111, Issue 4, pages 300–309, April 2005
How to Cite
Steel, Z., Silove, D., Chey, T., Bauman, A., Phan, T. and Phan, T. (2005), Mental disorders, disability and health service use amongst Vietnamese refugees and the host Australian population. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 111: 300–309. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2004.00458.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2005
- Article first published online: 1 DEC 2004
- Accepted for publication September 20, 2004
- cross-cultural comparison;
- mental disorders;
- mental health services
Objective: To compare the prevalence of common mental disorders, disability and health service utilization amongst Vietnamese refugees resettled in Australia for 11 years, with data obtained from a national survey of the host population.
Method: A stratified multistage probability household survey of 1611 Vietnamese undertaken in the state of New South Wales was compared with data from 7961 Australian-born respondents. Measures included the CIDI 2.1 and the MOS SF-12.
Results: The 12-month prevalence of anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol dependence amongst Vietnamese was 6.1% compared with 16.7% amongst Australians. Vietnamese with a mental illness reported higher disability but exhibited similar levels of mental health consultation. The overall service burden of mental disorders was lower for the Vietnamese.
Conclusion: The findings suggest that refugee groups resettled for some time in Western countries may show sound mental health adaptation and do not necessarily impose a burden on general or mental health services.