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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540769/posttraumatic-growth-is-related-to-subjective-well-being-of-aid-workers-exposed-to-cumulative-trauma-in-palestine
#1
Guido Veronese, Alessandro Pepe, Irene Massaiu, Ann-Sophie De Mol, Ian Robbins
The present study examined how stress reactions after traumatic events influence subjective well-being (SWB) via the indirect effect of posttraumatic growth (PTG) in two samples of Palestinian professional helpers from the Gaza Strip and West Bank ( n = 201). Using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) as a dependent measure of well-being, and PTGI-10, PANAS-20, WHO-5 BREF, and IES-13 questionnaires as independent variables, structural equation modelling (SEM) was used to examine whether: (a) cumulative trauma was negatively and directly related to subjective well-being; (b) levels of trauma were positively and directly related to posttraumatic growth; and (c) PTG was positively and directly related to subjective well-being...
June 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540768/daily-stressors-trauma-exposure-and-mental-health-among-stateless-rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh
#2
Andrew Riley, Andrea Varner, Peter Ventevogel, M M Taimur Hasan, Courtney Welton-Mitchell
The Rohingya of Myanmar are a severely persecuted minority who form one of the largest groups of stateless people; thousands of them reside in refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh. There has been little research into the mental health consequences of persecution, war, and other historical trauma endured by the Rohingya; nor has the role of daily environmental stressors associated with continued displacement, statelessness, and life in the refugee camps, been thoroughly researched. This cross-sectional study examined: trauma history, daily environmental stressors, and mental health outcomes for 148 Rohingya adults residing in Kutupalong and Nayapara refugee camps in Bangladesh...
June 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540767/the-use-of-pathological-grief-outcomes-in-bereavement-studies-on-african-americans
#3
Leeat Granek, Tal Peleg-Sagy
Pathological bereavement outcomes (i.e., complicated grief, traumatic grief, prolonged grief disorder) are a robust and growing research area in the psychological and medical sciences. Although grief is considered to be a universal phenomenon, it is well documented that grieving processes and outcomes are culturally and contextually bound. The objectives of this study were: (a) to examine representations of African Americans in the grief and mourning literature and to assess the extent to which this research utilizes pathological grief outcomes; and (b) to examine the characteristics of pathological grief constructs in the literature to assess their relevance for African American populations...
June 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398195/mass-fainting-in-garment-factories-in-cambodia
#4
Maurice Eisenbruch
This paper reports an ethnographic study of mass fainting among garment factory workers in Cambodia. Research was undertaken in 2010-2015 in 48 factories in Phnom Penh and 8 provinces. Data were collected in Khmer using nonprobability sampling. In participant observation with monks, factory managers, health workers, and affected women, cultural understandings were explored. One or more episodes of mass fainting occurred at 34 factories, of which 9 were triggered by spirit possession. Informants viewed the causes in the domains of ill-health/toxins and supernatural activities...
April 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398194/causal-attributions-of-mental-health-problems-and-depressive-symptoms-among-older-somali-refugees-in-finland
#5
Saija Kuittinen, Mulki Mölsä, Raija-Leena Punamäki, Marja Tiilikainen, Marja-Liisa Honkasalo
Causal attributions of mental health problems play a crucial role in shaping and differentiating illness experience in different sociocultural and ethnic groups. The aims of this study were (a) to analyze older Somali refugees' causal attributions of mental health problems; (b) to examine the associations between demographic and diagnostic characteristics, proxy indicators of acculturation, and causal attributions; and (c) to analyze the connections between causal attributions and the manifestation of somatic-affective and cognitive depressive symptoms...
April 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345389/ethnic-status-and-engagement-with-health-services-attitudes-toward-help-seeking-and-intercultural-willingness-to-interact-among-south-east-asian-students-in-australia
#6
Shanna Logan, Zachary Steel, Caroline Hunt
Previous research has demonstrated the importance of intercultural willingness to interact; however, these investigations have yet to be applied to a health context or to compare an ethnic minority with a majority sample. Consequently, the current study sought to better understand engagement with health services by investigating both attitudes towards seeking psychological help and intercultural willingness to interact within an ethnic minority South East Asian population, relative to an Anglo Australian sample...
April 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157448/the-lived-experience-of-paroled-offenders-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-and-comorbid-psychiatric-disorder
#7
Caroline L Tait, Mansfield Mela, Garth Boothman, Melissa A Stoops
This case study presents the life history and postincarceration experiences of two forensic psychiatric patients diagnosed with comorbid mental illness and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The men first met in prison and a few years after their release became roommates at the suggestion of their community support worker and parole officer. With shared and coordinated clinical and mentorship supports, the men were able to establish stability in their lives and manage their mental illness. However, changes in support and gaps within the continuum of care contributed to a sudden breakdown in their stability...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157447/can-we-really-use-available-scales-for-child-and-adolescent-psychopathology-across-cultures-a-systematic-review-of-cross-cultural-measurement-invariance-data
#8
Dejan Stevanovic, Peyman Jafari, Rajna Knez, Tomislav Franic, Olayinka Atilola, Nikolina Davidovic, Zahra Bagheri, Aneta Lakic
In this systematic review, we assessed available evidence for cross-cultural measurement invariance of assessment scales for child and adolescent psychopathology as an indicator of cross-cultural validity. A literature search was conducted using the Medline, PsychInfo, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar databases. Cross-cultural measurement invariance data was available for 26 scales. Based on the aggregation of the evidence from the studies under review, none of the evaluated scales have strong evidence for cross-cultural validity and suitability for cross-cultural comparison...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157446/implementation-of-the-cultural-formulation-through-a-newly-developed-brief-cultural-interview-pilot-data-from-the-netherlands
#9
Simon P N Groen, Annemiek Richters, Cornelis J Laban, Walter L J M Devillé
The Outline for a Cultural Formulation (OCF) has remained underutilized in clinical practice since its publication in the DSM-IV in 1994. In the Netherlands, a Cultural Interview (CI) was developed in 2002 as a tool to facilitate use of the OCF in clinical practice. The time needed to conduct the interview, however, prevented its systematic implementation within mental health institutions. This article presents the development of a shortened and adapted version, the Brief Cultural Interview (BCI), and a pilot study on the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of its implementation with refugee and asylum seeking patients in a Dutch centre for transcultural psychiatry...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121243/local-terms-and-understandings-of-mental-health-problems-in-burundi
#10
Pacifique Irankunda, Laurie Heatherington, Jessica Fitts
A pilot study and two intensive studies were conducted to document the local vocabularies used by Burundians to describe mental health problems and their understandings about the causes. The pilot study-in which 14 different large groups of community members awaiting appointments at a village health clinic were engaged in open-ended discussions of the local terminology and causal beliefs about mental health problems-suggested three key syndromes: akabonge (a set of depression-like symptoms), guhahamuka (a set of trauma-related symptoms), and ibisigo (a set of psychosis-like symptoms)...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116981/pastoral-care-of-mental-illness-and-the-accommodation-of-african-christian-beliefs-and-practices-by-uk-clergy
#11
Gerard Leavey, Kate Loewenthal, Michael King
Faith-based organisations, especially those related to specific ethnic or migrant groups, are increasingly viewed by secular Western government agencies as potential collaborators in community health and welfare programmes. Although clergy are often called upon to provide mental health pastoral care, their response to such problems remains relatively unexamined. This paper examines how clergy working in multiethnic settings do not always have the answers that people want, or perhaps need, to problems of misfortune and suffering...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27550374/-it-comes-down-to-just-how-human-someone-can-be-a-qualitative-study-with-young-people-from-refugee-backgrounds-about-their-experiences-of-australian-mental-health-services
#12
Madeleine C Valibhoy, Ida Kaplan, Josef Szwarc
While much literature documents the mental health needs of young people from refugee backgrounds, and the barriers they face in accessing mental health services, researchers have yet to document the perspectives of service users from this population about their contacts with clinicians and services. We therefore individually interviewed 16 young people (aged 18-25 years) who were refugees about their experiences of seeing mental health professionals. Participants were born in 9 different countries and had lived in Australia for an average of 5...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27317669/mental-health-treatment-outcome-expectancies-in-burundi
#13
Pacifique Irankunda, Laurie Heatherington
Best practices in global mental health stress the importance of understanding local values and beliefs. Research demonstrates that expectancies about the effectiveness of a given treatment significantly predicts outcome, beyond the treatment effect itself. To help inform the development of mental health interventions in Burundi, we studied expectancies about the effectiveness of four treatments: spiritual healing, traditional healing, medication, and selected evidence-based psychosocial treatments widely used in the US...
February 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612682/culturally-prescribed-beliefs-about-mental-illness-among-the-akan-of-ghana
#14
Annabella Opare-Henaku, Shawn O Utsey
Mental illness is a culturally laden phenomenon, and different cultures have unique ways of constructing mental illness. In this study, conceptions of mental illness were explored among 30 participants of Akan descent in Ghana through individual and group interviews. Participants demonstrated a wide range of knowledge on mental illness indicating that poor self-care, deficits in social functioning, and disordered behaviors are the cardinal features of mental illness. The data revealed that Akan cultural beliefs influenced notions of etiology of mental illness and care of the mentally ill...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517969/prevalence-and-determinants-of-depression-among-patients-under-the-care-of-traditional-health-practitioners-in-a-kenyan-setting-policy-implications
#15
Christine W Musyimi, Victoria N Mutiso, Abednego M Musau, Lydia K Matoke, David M Ndetei
In Kenya, there is paucity of information on depression among traditional health practitioner (THP) patients, particularly in rural areas. The aim of this study was to estimate prevalence and identify determinants of major depressive disorder (MDD) among patients of THP in rural Kenya using the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guideline (mhGAP-IG). All adult patients seeking care from trained THPs (either traditional healers such as diviners and herbalists or faith healers, who use treatments such as prayers, laying hands on patients, or providing holy water and ash to their patients) over a period of 3 months (September 2014 to November 2014) were screened for depression using mhGAP-IG and their sociodemographic characteristics recorded...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517968/a-community-based-qualitative-study-of-intergenerational-resilience-with-palestinian-refugee-families-facing-structural-violence-and-historical-trauma
#16
Devin G Atallah
The purpose of this study was to explore resilience processes in Palestinian refugee families living under Israeli occupation for multiple generations. Qualitative methods, critical postcolonial theories, and community-based research approaches were used to examine intergenerational protective practices and to contribute to reconceptualizations of resilience from indigenous perspectives. First, the researcher developed a collaborative partnership with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in a UN refugee camp in the occupied West Bank...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475482/-in-our-community-a-friend-is-a-psychologist-an-ethnographic-study-of-informal-care-in-two-bhutanese-refugee-communities
#17
Liana Chase, Ram P Sapkota
The recent rise in suicide among Bhutanese refugees has been linked to the erosion of social networks and community supports in the ongoing resettlement process. This paper presents ethnographic findings on the role of informal care practiced by relatives, friends, and neighbors in the prevention and alleviation of mental distress in two Bhutanese refugee communities: the refugee camps of eastern Nepal and the resettled community of Burlington, Vermont, US. Data gathered through interviews ( n = 40, camp community; n = 22, resettled community), focus groups (four, camp community), and participant observation (both sites) suggest that family members, friends, and neighbors were intimately involved in the recognition and management of individual distress, often responding proactively to perceived vulnerability rather than reactively to help-seeking...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452611/at-zero-and-turning-in-circles-refugee-experiences-and-coping-in-durban-south-africa
#18
Charlotte A Labys, Chandré Dreyer, Jonathan K Burns
Millions of refugees are on the move globally, mostly settling in low- and middle-income (LMIC) "host" countries, where they often receive insufficient assistance and encounter a multitude of barriers. Despite a risk for developing mental illness, limited research exists on their struggles and coping strategies in these settings, especially outside of camps. Against this backdrop, our qualitative study aimed to gain a deeper understanding of refugee experiences in Durban, South Africa. We conducted semistructured individual interviews with 18 adult refugees from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo at a community-based support center in Durban...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443366/self-stigma-insight-and-family-burden-among-israeli-mothers-of-people-with-serious-mental-illness-ethno-national-considerations
#19
Yaara Zisman-Ilani, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Itamar Levy-Frank, Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, David Roe
The current cross-sectional study investigated and compared the associations between insight, self-stigma, and family burden among Jewish and Arab mothers of an adult son or daughter with serious mental illness (SMI) in Israel. A total of 162 Israeli mothers of a person with SMI participated in the study; 95 were Jewish (58.6%), and 67 were Arab (41.4%). Insight, self-stigma, and family burden scales were administered. Jewish mothers reported higher levels of insight into their son's or daughter's illness and reported greater family burden compared to Arab mothers...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358239/training-on-the-dsm-5-cultural-formulation-interview-improves-cultural-competence-in-general-psychiatry-residents-a-pilot-study
#20
Stacia Mills, Anna Q Xiao, Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, Russell Lim, Francis G Lu
The objective of this study was to assess whether a 1-hour didactic session on the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) improves the cultural competence of general psychiatry residents. The main hypothesis was that teaching adult psychiatry residents a 1-hour session on the CFI would improve cultural competence. The exploratory hypothesis was that trainees with more experience in cultural diversity would have a greater increase in cultural competency scores. Psychiatry residents at a metropolitan, county hospital completed demographics and preintervention questionnaires, were exposed to a 1-hour session on the CFI, and were given a postintervention questionnaire...
January 1, 2017: Transcultural Psychiatry
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