Socio-economic status, traumatic experience and mental health disorders among older Australian refugees

Li, Wendy W., and Jackson, Kassandra (2016) Socio-economic status, traumatic experience and mental health disorders among older Australian refugees. In: [Presented at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing]. From: IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, 21 June-23 June 2016, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper investigated socio-economic status, traumatic experience and mental health disorders among 103 refugees (52 males and 51 females). Specific focus was placed on comparing older refugees' socio-economic status, traumatic experience and mental health disorders to younger refugees. The results showed that older refugees, compared to younger refugees, had lower levels of education, higher unemployment rates and poorer English skills and abilities. A greater percentage of older refugees perceived that they had received sufficient support from the broader community than did younger refugees. Results also revealed that compared to younger participants, older participants aged over 50 years had significant higher mean scores in trauma events (trauma exposure, loss event, loss of intrapersonal integrity, loss distress, loss of symbolic self, loss of home and interpersonal loss) and anxiety. The effect sizes of differences in mean scores were small to medium.

Item ID: 44501
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: trauma exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, multiple loss scale, socio-economic status
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 03:51
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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