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Type: Journal article
Title: Depressive symptomatology and service utilisation among refugee children and adolescents living in South Australia
Author: Ziaian, T.
de Anstiss, H.
Antoniou, G.
Sawyer, M.
Baghurst, P.
Citation: Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2012; 17(3):146-152
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1475-357X
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Tahereh Ziaian, Helena de Anstiss, Georgia Antoniou, Michael Sawyer, Peter Baghurst
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 7–17 years 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.
Keywords: Refugee children; depressive symptomatology; service utilisation
Rights: © 2011 The Authors
RMID: 0030031149
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00620.x
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