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Mental health of failed asylum seekers as compared with pending and temporarily accepted asylum seekers.
Eur J Public Health. 2011 Apr; 21(2):184-9.EJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Asylum seekers (AS) and refugees often suffer from severe psychopathology in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As PTSD impacts memory functions, and as asylum applications rely on personal accounts, AS with PTSD are at more risk of being rejected than refugees.

METHODS

We studied the mental health of failed asylum seekers (FAS, N = 40) and a matched sample of AS (N = 40). Participants were administered structured interviews on sociodemographics, flight, exile and standardized questionnaires on PTSD, anxiety, depression and pain.

RESULTS

Both samples were severely affected; >80% exhibited at least one clinically significant condition.

CONCLUSION

Given the great vulnerability of these individuals, long and unsettling asylum processes as practised in Western host countries seem problematic, as does the withdrawal of health and social welfare benefits. Finally, high rates of psychopathology amongst FAS indicate that refugee and humanitarian decision-making procedures may be failing to identify those most in need of protection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Zurich, Culmannstr. 8, CH - 8091 Zurich, Switzerland. julia.mueller@usz.chNo 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

20630907

Citation

Mueller, Julia, et al. "Mental Health of Failed Asylum Seekers as Compared With Pending and Temporarily Accepted Asylum Seekers." European Journal of Public Health, vol. 21, no. 2, 2011, pp. 184-9.
Mueller J, Schmidt M, Staeheli A, et al. Mental health of failed asylum seekers as compared with pending and temporarily accepted asylum seekers. Eur J Public Health. 2011;21(2):184-9.
Mueller, J., Schmidt, M., Staeheli, A., & Maier, T. (2011). Mental health of failed asylum seekers as compared with pending and temporarily accepted asylum seekers. European Journal of Public Health, 21(2), 184-9. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckq016
Mueller J, et al. Mental Health of Failed Asylum Seekers as Compared With Pending and Temporarily Accepted Asylum Seekers. Eur J Public Health. 2011;21(2):184-9. PubMed PMID: 20630907.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mental health of failed asylum seekers as compared with pending and temporarily accepted asylum seekers. AU - Mueller,Julia, AU - Schmidt,Martina, AU - Staeheli,Andrea, AU - Maier,Thomas, Y1 - 2010/07/14/ PY - 2010/7/16/entrez PY - 2010/7/16/pubmed PY - 2011/7/22/medline SP - 184 EP - 9 JF - European journal of public health JO - Eur J Public Health VL - 21 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Asylum seekers (AS) and refugees often suffer from severe psychopathology in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As PTSD impacts memory functions, and as asylum applications rely on personal accounts, AS with PTSD are at more risk of being rejected than refugees. METHODS: We studied the mental health of failed asylum seekers (FAS, N = 40) and a matched sample of AS (N = 40). Participants were administered structured interviews on sociodemographics, flight, exile and standardized questionnaires on PTSD, anxiety, depression and pain. RESULTS: Both samples were severely affected; >80% exhibited at least one clinically significant condition. CONCLUSION: Given the great vulnerability of these individuals, long and unsettling asylum processes as practised in Western host countries seem problematic, as does the withdrawal of health and social welfare benefits. Finally, high rates of psychopathology amongst FAS indicate that refugee and humanitarian decision-making procedures may be failing to identify those most in need of protection. SN - 1464-360X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20630907/Mental_health_of_failed_asylum_seekers_as_compared_with_pending_and_temporarily_accepted_asylum_seekers_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/eurpub/ckq016 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -