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Dissociative Experiences and Trauma Exposure Among Newly Arrived and Settled Young War Refugees

Gušić, Sabina LU ; Cardeña, Etzel LU ; Bengtsson, Hans LU and Søndergaard, Hans Peter (2017) In Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma 26(10). p.1132-1149
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War-traumatized refugee adolescents are a vulnerable and understudied group. This study of two different groups of war-traumatized youth (N = 77) resettled in Sweden (newly arrived refugee adolescents, n = 42, 13–19 years, and settled students with childhood war experiences, n = 35, 11–18 years) evaluated their war experiences, refugee journey, general trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and dissociative experiences. Both groups had experienced many traumas and a substantial proportion reported levels consistent with posttraumatic stress (71% in the newly arrived group and 34% among the settled students) and dissociation (36% and 23%, respectively). The study also provides information about the type of adverse events... (More)

War-traumatized refugee adolescents are a vulnerable and understudied group. This study of two different groups of war-traumatized youth (N = 77) resettled in Sweden (newly arrived refugee adolescents, n = 42, 13–19 years, and settled students with childhood war experiences, n = 35, 11–18 years) evaluated their war experiences, refugee journey, general trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and dissociative experiences. Both groups had experienced many traumas and a substantial proportion reported levels consistent with posttraumatic stress (71% in the newly arrived group and 34% among the settled students) and dissociation (36% and 23%, respectively). The study also provides information about the type of adverse events experienced by war-refugee adolescents, including their own subjective appraisals of the worst events. The results show that the extent of trauma exposure and posttraumatic and dissociative symptomatology among refugee adolescents are considerable even after a period of resettlement, a finding that has educational, clinical, and social implications.

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Adolescents, dissociation, posttraumatic stress, refugee, war
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Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
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1092-6771
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10.1080/10926771.2017.1365792
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  abstract     = {<p>War-traumatized refugee adolescents are a vulnerable and understudied group. This study of two different groups of war-traumatized youth (N = 77) resettled in Sweden (newly arrived refugee adolescents, n = 42, 13–19 years, and settled students with childhood war experiences, n = 35, 11–18 years) evaluated their war experiences, refugee journey, general trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and dissociative experiences. Both groups had experienced many traumas and a substantial proportion reported levels consistent with posttraumatic stress (71% in the newly arrived group and 34% among the settled students) and dissociation (36% and 23%, respectively). The study also provides information about the type of adverse events experienced by war-refugee adolescents, including their own subjective appraisals of the worst events. The results show that the extent of trauma exposure and posttraumatic and dissociative symptomatology among refugee adolescents are considerable even after a period of resettlement, a finding that has educational, clinical, and social implications.</p>},
  author       = {Gušić, Sabina and Cardeña, Etzel and Bengtsson, Hans and Søndergaard, Hans Peter},
  issn         = {1092-6771},
  keyword      = {Adolescents,dissociation,posttraumatic stress,refugee,war},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {1132--1149},
  series       = {Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma},
  title        = {Dissociative Experiences and Trauma Exposure Among Newly Arrived and Settled Young War Refugees},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2017.1365792},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2017},
}