Emotional and Behavioural Problems Among Refugee Children and Adolescents Living in South Australia

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

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    Abstract

    While there is a growing body of literature on the mental health status of adult refugees, children have been relatively neglected in research, particularly in Australia. This study investigated the prevalence of emotional and behavioural problems and patterns of service utilisation among 530 refugee children and adolescents aged 4-17 years living in South Australia. Parents and teachers of children aged 4-17 years and adolescents aged 13-17 years completed the appropriate versions of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Of the 11.0% of children and adolescents found to have borderline or abnormal emotional and behavioural problems, only 13.0% accessed professional help. The study has practical implications for policy and practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-148
    Number of pages10
    JournalAustralian Psychologist
    Volume48
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

    Keywords

    • Emotional and behavioural problems
    • Refugee children and adolescents
    • Service utilisation

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