Asylum Seekers, Violence and Health: A Systematic Review of Research in High-Income Host Countries.


Kalt, A; Hossain, M; Kiss, L; Zimmerman, C; (2013) Asylum Seekers, Violence and Health: A Systematic Review of Research in High-Income Host Countries. American journal of public health, 103 (3). e30-42. ISSN 0090-0036 DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301136

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Abstract

: We performed a systematic review of literature on violence and related health concerns among asylum seekers in high-income host countries. We extracted data from 23 peer-reviewed studies. Prevalence of torture, variably defined, was above 30% across all studies. Torture history in clinic populations correlated with hunger and posttraumatic stress disorder, although in small, nonrepresentative samples. One study observed that previous exposure to interpersonal violence interacted with longer immigration detention periods, resulting in higher depression scores. Limited evidence suggests that asylum seekers frequently experience violence and health problems, but large-scale studies are needed to inform policies and services for this vulnerable group often at the center of political debate.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
PubMed ID: 23327250
Web of Science ID: 330762600008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/610209

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