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Suicidal Ideation and Severity of Distress among Refugees Residing in Asylum Accommodations in Sweden

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Department of Psychology and Social Work, Mid Sweden University, 831 25 Östersund, Sweden
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War Survivors Institute, Long Beach, CA 90815, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2751; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152751
Received: 12 July 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 31 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health Burden: Emerging Challenges and Future Solutions)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicidal ideation; refugees; severity of distress suicidal ideation; refugees; severity of distress
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Leiler, A.; Hollifield, M.; Wasteson, E.; Bjärtå, A. Suicidal Ideation and Severity of Distress among Refugees Residing in Asylum Accommodations in Sweden. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2751. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152751

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Leiler A, Hollifield M, Wasteson E, Bjärtå A. Suicidal Ideation and Severity of Distress among Refugees Residing in Asylum Accommodations in Sweden. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(15):2751. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152751

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Leiler, Anna, Michael Hollifield, Elisabet Wasteson, and Anna Bjärtå. 2019. "Suicidal Ideation and Severity of Distress among Refugees Residing in Asylum Accommodations in Sweden" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 15: 2751. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152751

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