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Ethn Health. 2016;21(3):300-17. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2015.1065310. Epub 2015 Jul 24.

Depression among unaccompanied minor refugees: the relative contribution of general and acculturation-specific daily hassles.

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1
a Norwegian Institute of Public Health , Department of Child Development and Mental Health , Oslo , Norway.
2
b UiT The Arctic University of Norway , Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychology , Tromso , Norway.
3
c University of Oslo , Norwegian Center for Child Behavioural Development , Oslo , Norway.
4
d New York University , Department of Applied Psychology , New York , USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study is designed to provide an empirical conceptualization of daily hassles among unaccompanied refugees, and whether they might affect mental health of young refugees after resettlement. First, we examined the underlying structure of daily hassles conceptualized as measuring general and acculturation-specific hassles. Second, we examined whether these two distinct categories of daily hassles significantly contribute to depression above and beyond the impact of premigration trauma.

DESIGN:

The study was based on self-report questionnaire data collected from 895 unaccompanied refugees who had been granted residence in Norway.

RESULTS:

Using structural equation modeling, the results confirmed the grouping of hassles in two general categories, which explained 43% of the variance in depression.

CONCLUSION:

The findings underscore the importance of current life conditions for unaccompanied refugees' mental health.

KEYWORDS:

Unaccompanied minor refugees; acculturative stress; daily hassles; depression

PMID:
26208789
DOI:
10.1080/13557858.2015.1065310
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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