Objective: The aim of the study was to determine the psychiatric symptoms of
Syrian adolescents living in temporary protection centers who sought asylum in Turkey.
Method: Seventy-three Syrian adolescents aged between 16 and 20 years were included in
this study. All participants included in the study were given the Brief Symptom Inventory
(BSI), which measures the psychiatric symptoms under the categories of anxiety, depression,
negative self-concept, somatization, and hostility.
Results: Anxiety, depression, negative self-concept, hostility, and Global Severity Index
scores were significantly higher in the refugee group compared to the cut-off points for
pathology. The scores for hostility and somatization were highest in the group that had been
at the camp for longer than 4 years.
Conclusion: The findings of our study suggest that mental health has been compromised
among Syrian adolescent refugees in Turkey and the longer the stay the worse is the
outcome. With the crisis stretching, the long term psychological problems of these
adolescents have been overlooked. Urgent measures should be taken to develop alternative
care models for these adolescents.