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Mental health issues among refugee children and adolescents

Authors

  • Joh HENLEY,

    1. School of Psychology, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Julie ROBINSON

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    1. School of Psychology, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
      Julie Robinson, School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
      Email: julie.robinson@flinders.edu.au
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Julie Robinson, School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
Email: julie.robinson@flinders.edu.au

Abstract

Each year, several thousand child refugees are resettled in Australia. These children have faced numerous stressors and are at increased risk for developing mental health problems including traumatic stress and a variety of emotional, behavioural, and educational difficulties. The diverse contexts in which refugee children may come into contact with mental health clinicians include school, child and adolescent mental health services, child protection services, and hospitals. This article summarises current knowledge regarding the mental health of refugee children and adolescents, distilling what is of particular relevance to Australian service providers. The stressors encountered by refugee children, psychological outcomes, appropriate interventions, and barriers to accessing services are discussed.

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