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Is legal status impacting outcomes of group therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with male asylum seekers and refugees from Iran and Afghanistan?
BMC Psychiatry. 2013 May 24; 13:148.BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Legal status and other resettlement stressors are known to impact mental health of asylum seekers and refugees. However, the ways in which they interact with treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with these populations is still poorly understood. The aim of this study was to examine whether legal status and other resettlement stressors influence outcomes of a trauma-focused group PTSD treatment within a day-treatment setting with asylum seekers and refugees.

METHODS

Sixty six male Iranian and Afghan patients with PTSD residing in the Netherlands were assessed with self-rated symptom checklists for PTSD, anxiety and depression, and a demographic questionnaire one week before and two weeks after the treatment. Multivariate linear regression analysis was used to examine the impact of legal status and living arrangements on the treatment outcomes per symptom domain.

RESULTS

The results suggest that both asylum seekers and refugees can be helped with their mental health complaints with a trauma-focused group therapy for PTSD regardless of their legal status. Obtaining a refugee status in a course of the treatment appears to improve the treatment outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS

Legal status is impacting outcomes of group therapy for PTSD with male asylum seekers and refugees. Asylum seekers may benefit from group treatment regardless of unstable living conditions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Psychotrauma Centrum Zuid Nederland/Reinier van Arkel groep, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. b.drozdek@rvagroep.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23705873

Citation

Drožđek, Boris, et al. "Is Legal Status Impacting Outcomes of Group Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Male Asylum Seekers and Refugees From Iran and Afghanistan?" BMC Psychiatry, vol. 13, 2013, p. 148.
Drožđek B, Kamperman AM, Tol WA, et al. Is legal status impacting outcomes of group therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with male asylum seekers and refugees from Iran and Afghanistan? BMC Psychiatry. 2013;13:148.
Drožđek, B., Kamperman, A. M., Tol, W. A., Knipscheer, J. W., & Kleber, R. J. (2013). Is legal status impacting outcomes of group therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with male asylum seekers and refugees from Iran and Afghanistan? BMC Psychiatry, 13, 148. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-244X-13-148
Drožđek B, et al. Is Legal Status Impacting Outcomes of Group Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Male Asylum Seekers and Refugees From Iran and Afghanistan. BMC Psychiatry. 2013 May 24;13:148. PubMed PMID: 23705873.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Is legal status impacting outcomes of group therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with male asylum seekers and refugees from Iran and Afghanistan? AU - Drožđek,Boris, AU - Kamperman,Astrid M, AU - Tol,Wietse A, AU - Knipscheer,Jeroen W, AU - Kleber,Rolf J, Y1 - 2013/05/24/ PY - 2013/01/26/received PY - 2013/05/21/accepted PY - 2013/5/28/entrez PY - 2013/5/28/pubmed PY - 2013/9/27/medline SP - 148 EP - 148 JF - BMC psychiatry JO - BMC Psychiatry VL - 13 N2 - BACKGROUND: Legal status and other resettlement stressors are known to impact mental health of asylum seekers and refugees. However, the ways in which they interact with treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with these populations is still poorly understood. The aim of this study was to examine whether legal status and other resettlement stressors influence outcomes of a trauma-focused group PTSD treatment within a day-treatment setting with asylum seekers and refugees. METHODS: Sixty six male Iranian and Afghan patients with PTSD residing in the Netherlands were assessed with self-rated symptom checklists for PTSD, anxiety and depression, and a demographic questionnaire one week before and two weeks after the treatment. Multivariate linear regression analysis was used to examine the impact of legal status and living arrangements on the treatment outcomes per symptom domain. RESULTS: The results suggest that both asylum seekers and refugees can be helped with their mental health complaints with a trauma-focused group therapy for PTSD regardless of their legal status. Obtaining a refugee status in a course of the treatment appears to improve the treatment outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: Legal status is impacting outcomes of group therapy for PTSD with male asylum seekers and refugees. Asylum seekers may benefit from group treatment regardless of unstable living conditions. SN - 1471-244X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23705873/Is_legal_status_impacting_outcomes_of_group_therapy_for_posttraumatic_stress_disorder_with_male_asylum_seekers_and_refugees_from_Iran_and_Afghanistan L2 - https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-244X-13-148 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -