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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2008 Jul;17(3):533-49, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.02.002.

School-based prevention programs for refugee children.

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Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, 7085 Hutchison, Room 204.2, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3N 1Y9.


Because refugee families tend to underutilize mental health services, schools have a key mediation role in helping refugee children adapt to their host country and may become the main access point to prevention and treatment services for mental health problems. Many obstacles hamper the development of school-based prevention programs. Despite these difficulties, a review of existing school-based prevention programs points to a number of promising initiatives that are described in this article. More interdisciplinary work is needed to develop and evaluate rigorously joint school-based education and mental health initiatives that can respond to the diverse needs of refugee children.

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