Depressive symptomatology and service utilisation among refugee children and adolescents living in South Australia

Tahereh Ziaian, Helena de Anstiss, Georgia Antoniou, Michael Sawyer, Peter Baghurst

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    Abstract

    Background: Young refugees resettled in Western countries are at increased risk of mental health problems. However, most research has centred on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with depression, other mental health disorders, and problems receiving comparatively less attention. Method: Depressive symptomatology was assessed using the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) in a multiethnic community sample of 348 refugee children (n=180) and adolescents (n=168) aged 7-17years living in South Australia. Results: According to parent reports, 7.1% of children and adolescents had depressive symptomatology for which services were available and yet only 21.5% of these accessed services. Conclusions: Young refugees need improved access to culturally appropriate mental health care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)146-152
    Number of pages7
    JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
    Volume17
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

    Keywords

    • Depressive symptomatology
    • Refugee children
    • Service utilisation

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