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Entering exile: trauma, mental health, and coping among Tibetan refugees arriving in Dharamsala, India.
J Trauma Stress. 2008 Apr; 21(2):199-208.JT

Abstract

Each year thousands of Tibetans escape Chinese-controlled Tibet. The authors present findings on the experiences, coping strategies, and psychological distress (depression, anxiety, somatization, and posttraumatic stress disorder) of 769 Tibetan refugees arriving in Dharamsala, India (2003-2004). Distress increased significantly with greater trauma exposure. However, despite a high prevalence of potentially traumatizing events, levels of psychological distress were extremely low. Coping activity (primarily religious) and subjective appraisals of trauma severity appeared to mediate the psychological effects of trauma exposure. The potential impact of other variables, including culturally determined attitudes about trauma and timing of assessment, are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA. Esachs@fordham.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18404641

Citation

Sachs, Emily, et al. "Entering Exile: Trauma, Mental Health, and Coping Among Tibetan Refugees Arriving in Dharamsala, India." Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 21, no. 2, 2008, pp. 199-208.
Sachs E, Rosenfeld B, Lhewa D, et al. Entering exile: trauma, mental health, and coping among Tibetan refugees arriving in Dharamsala, India. J Trauma Stress. 2008;21(2):199-208.
Sachs, E., Rosenfeld, B., Lhewa, D., Rasmussen, A., & Keller, A. (2008). Entering exile: trauma, mental health, and coping among Tibetan refugees arriving in Dharamsala, India. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21(2), 199-208. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20324
Sachs E, et al. Entering Exile: Trauma, Mental Health, and Coping Among Tibetan Refugees Arriving in Dharamsala, India. J Trauma Stress. 2008;21(2):199-208. PubMed PMID: 18404641.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Entering exile: trauma, mental health, and coping among Tibetan refugees arriving in Dharamsala, India. AU - Sachs,Emily, AU - Rosenfeld,Barry, AU - Lhewa,Dechen, AU - Rasmussen,Andrew, AU - Keller,Allen, PY - 2008/4/12/pubmed PY - 2008/8/9/medline PY - 2008/4/12/entrez SP - 199 EP - 208 JF - Journal of traumatic stress JO - J Trauma Stress VL - 21 IS - 2 N2 - Each year thousands of Tibetans escape Chinese-controlled Tibet. The authors present findings on the experiences, coping strategies, and psychological distress (depression, anxiety, somatization, and posttraumatic stress disorder) of 769 Tibetan refugees arriving in Dharamsala, India (2003-2004). Distress increased significantly with greater trauma exposure. However, despite a high prevalence of potentially traumatizing events, levels of psychological distress were extremely low. Coping activity (primarily religious) and subjective appraisals of trauma severity appeared to mediate the psychological effects of trauma exposure. The potential impact of other variables, including culturally determined attitudes about trauma and timing of assessment, are discussed. SN - 0894-9867 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18404641/Entering_exile:_trauma_mental_health_and_coping_among_Tibetan_refugees_arriving_in_Dharamsala_India_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20324 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -