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Adolescent Psychiatry
ISSN (Print): 2210-6766
ISSN (Online): 2210-6774
VOLUME: 2
ISSUE: 1
DOI: 10.2174/2210676611202010046









The Association between Migratory Factors and Emotional and Behavioural Symptoms in Very Recently Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Adolescents

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Author(s): Tonje J. Persson and Cecile Rousseau
Pages 46-51 (6)
Abstract:
Although some refugee and immigrant adolescents are at increased risk for psychological problems, most adjust well to their host countries. However, there is a lack of knowledge about those very recently arrived. This study assessed if pre-migratory exposure to trauma (i. e., violence and persecution), family separation, and status in the host country predict emotional and behavioural symptoms (self- and teacher report) in a community sample of 111 migrant adolescents attending integration classes in Montreal. Exposure to pre-migratory trauma predicted greater emotional symptoms on self-report. Family separation and status did not predict symptoms. Overall, these results suggest attention should be given during the initial post-migration period to adolescents who have experienced pre-migratory trauma because they may be at increased risk for internalizing problems
Keywords:
Adolescent, refugee, immigrant, emotional and behavioural symptoms, time, migratory stressors
Affiliation:
Concordia University, Department of Psychology, Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H4B 1R6, Canada.