Comparative study on social-economic status, trauma and mental health disorders among older and younger refugees in Australia

Li, Wendy (2016) Comparative study on social-economic status, trauma and mental health disorders among older and younger refugees in Australia. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 6 (e3). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This paper investigated socio-economic status (SES), traumatic experience and mental health disorders among 103 refugees (52 males and 51 females) living in tropical and subtropical Australia. 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 had lower levels of education, higher unemployment rates and poorer English skills and abilities compared to younger refugees. A greater percentage of older refugees perceived that they had received sufficient support from the broader community over younger refugees. Results also revealed that compared to younger participants, older participants aged over 50 years had significantly 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.

Item ID: 47000
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1838-9902
Keywords: trauma exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, multiple loss scale, socio-economic status, SES
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 03:23
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 50%
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