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Citation

Leiler A, Hollifield M, Wasteson E, Bjärtå A. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019; 16(15): e16152751.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology and Social Work, Mid Sweden University, 831 25 Östersund, Sweden.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph16152751

PMID

31374949

Abstract

Refugees worldwide suffer high levels of distress and are at increased risk for death by suicide. The Refugee Health Screener (RHS) was developed to screen for emotional distress among refugees and can be used to assess distress severity. This paper examines the association between distress severity and suicidal ideation in a sample of refugees residing in asylum accommodations. Data from the RHS and item 9 on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) was analyzed.

RESULTS showed that individuals at moderate and severe levels of distress were much more likely to exhibit suicidal ideation than individuals with low levels of distress. Even though we cannot conclude that individuals with low levels of distress do not have thoughts of ending their lives, further suicide assessment is warranted in asylum seekers with moderate to severe distress on the RHS.


Language: en

Keywords

suicidal ideation, refugees, severity of distress

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