Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Paperback | September 11, 2010

EditorDinesh Bhugra, Tom Craig, Kamaldeep Bhui

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Thoughout the world the number of refugees and asylum seekers continues to increase at an astonishing rate. Given that most will have left their country due to persecution, war, or appalling violations of their human rights, many will have specific mental health needs. Cultural andsocioeconomic factors play a major role in expressions of distress, help seeking, pathways into care, and acceptance or rejection of treatments. Being a refugee or asylum seeker raises questions about an individual's self respect and altered identity. Too often though, the needs of this populationare ignored by policy makers and clinicians, and these people are left to fend for themselves.Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers presents both the theoretical and practical aspects of the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers. It looks at the impact of migration on mental health and adjustment, collective trauma, individual identity, and diagnostic fallacies. Apractical section highlights cultural factors, ethnopsychopharmacology, therapeutic interaction, therapeutic expectation and psychotherapy. The final part of the book focuses on special problems - such as bereavement, sexual violence, and post traumatic stress disorders, as well as consideringmental health problems in special groups, such as child refugees.This book will be an essential resource for all mental health professionals- helping them better understand the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, how their problems can be managed, and how they can best be helped.

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Thoughout the world the number of refugees and asylum seekers continues to increase at an astonishing rate. Given that most will have left their country due to persecution, war, or appalling violations of their human rights, many will have specific mental health needs. Cultural andsocioeconomic factors play a major role in expressions ...

Professor Dinesh Bhugra is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic. Professor Bhugra's research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and ser...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:September 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199557226

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Table of Contents

1. Dinesh Bhugra and Pedro Ruiz: Introduction: Refugees and asylum seekers: conceptual issues2. Tom Craig: Mental distress and psychological interventions in refugee populations3. Thomas Stompe, David Holzer, and Alexander Friedmann: Pre-migration and mental health of refugees4. Helen Herrman, Ida Kaplan, and Josef Szwarc: Post-migration and mental health in Australia5. K.S. Bhui and Nasir Warfa: Psychiatric diagnoses and assessment issues for refugees and asylum seekers6. Daya Somasundaram: Complex mental health problems of refugees7. Sean Cross, Jim Crabb, and Rachel Jenkins: International refugee policy8. Pedro Ruiz, Susham Gupta, and Dinesh Bhugra: Dealing with cultural differences9. Pedro Ruiz: Therapeutic skills and therapeutic expectations10. J. David Kinzie, John Mark Kinzie: Treatment goals and therapeutic actions11. Keh-Ming Lin, Tonya Fancher, and Freda Cheung: Psychopharmacology for asylum seekers and refugees12. Russell Lim and Alan Koike: Psychotherapy and refugees13. Nick Grey, Damon Lab, and Kerry Young: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder14. Lakshmi Vijayakumar amd A. T. Jotheeswarma: Suicide in refugees and asylum seekers15. Wojtek Wojcik, Dinesh Bhugra, and Tom Craig: Loss and cultural bereavement16. Julia Huemer and Panos Vostanis: Child refugees and refugee families17. Gill Mezey and Ajoy Thachil: Sexual violence and refugees18. Derrick Silove and Susan Rees: Paternalism or autonomy?: ethics, ideology and science in refugee mental health interventions19. Sean Cross and Jim Crabb: Impact on clinicians20. K.S. Bhui, Nasir Warfa, and Salaad Mohamud: Mental health service provision for asylum seekers and refugees21. Dinesh Bhugra, Tom Craig, and K.S. Bhui: Conclusions