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01.12.2018 | Commentary | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 1/2018

Psychosocial problems in traumatized refugee families: overview of risks and some recommendations for support services

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health > Ausgabe 1/2018
Autoren:
J. M. Fegert, C. Diehl, B. Leyendecker, K. Hahlweg, V. Prayon-Blum, the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Abstract

This article is an abridged version of a report by an advisory council to the German government on the psychosocial problems facing refugee families from war zones who have settled in Germany. It omits the detailed information contained in the report about matters that are specific to the German health system and asylum laws, and includes just those insights and strategies that may be applicable to assisting refugees in other host countries as well. The focus is on understanding the developmental risks faced by refugee children when they or family members are suffering from trauma-related psychological disorders, and on identifying measures that can be taken to address these risks. The following recommendations are made: recognizing the high level of psychosocial problems present in these families, providing family–friendly living accommodations, teaching positive parenting skills, initiating culture-sensitive interventions, establishing training programs to support those who work with refugees, expanding the availability of trained interpreters, facilitating access to education and health care, and identifying intervention requirements through screening and other measures.
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