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Self-recognition of trauma-related psychopathology and help-seeking among resettled Iraqi refugees in Australia

Mond, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X, Slewa-Younan, S, Gabriela Uribe Guajardo, M, Mohammad, Y, Johnson, E and Milosevic, D 2020 , 'Self-recognition of trauma-related psychopathology and help-seeking among resettled Iraqi refugees in Australia' , Transcultural Psychiatry , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1177/1363461520901635.

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Abstract

The current study sought to examine resettled Iraqi refugees’ recognition of trauma-related psychopathology and theassociation between recognition and help-seeking. Participants were 66 men and women aged 18 to 70 years with clinicallysignificant symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recruited from a larger, community-based sample in WesternSydney, Australia. Participants were presented with a vignette of a fictional character who had been exposed to traumaprior to leaving Iraq and who was suffering from symptoms of PTSD. Participants were then asked if they believed that theymight currently have a problem such as the one described in the vignette. Approximately half (50.8%) of participantsbelieved that they might currently have a problem such as the one described in the vignette and one third (33.3%) ofparticipants had ever sought help for such a problem. Participants who believed that they might currently have a problemlike the one described were 13 times more likely to have sought help for such a problem, controlling for demographiccharacteristics, trauma-related symptomatology, and levels of general psychological distress. Poor self-recognition level oftrauma-related psychopathology among resettled Iraqi refugees may be a barrier to help-seeking and may therefore be animportant target for health promotion and early intervention initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mond, J and Slewa-Younan, S and Gabriela Uribe Guajardo, M and Mohammad, Y and Johnson, E and Milosevic, D
Keywords: help-seeking, mental health literacy, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resettled refugees, self-recognition
Journal or Publication Title: Transcultural Psychiatry
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1363-4615
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1363461520901635
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