Traumatized refugee children: The case for individualized diagnosis and treatment

John (Dave) Kinzie, Keith Cheng, Jenny Tsai, Crystal Riley

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    Abstract

    The first 131 traumatized refugee children evaluated and treated in a child specialty clinic indicated a wide variety of trauma including war-related traumas (21%) for areas of recent conflict and domestic violence (28%) predominantly occurring in patients from Mexico and Latin America. Clinical diagnoses indicate PTSD was common (63%) in the war trauma group but was found less (25%) in the domestic violence group. Otherwise, the refugee clinic population showed a wide variety of diagnoses, including 20% having learning or cognitive disability or clear mental retardation. The traumatized refugee children had a similar prevalence of PTSD and depression to a comparable group of American child psychiatry patients. Refugee children have faced a variety of traumas and have a variety of diagnoses. All traumatized refugee children need an individualized evaluation and treatment plan. Trauma focused therapy is not appropriate for all refugee children.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)534-537
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
    Volume194
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2006

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    Refugees
    Domestic Violence
    Wounds and Injuries
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
    Therapeutics
    Child Psychiatry
    Latin America
    Mexico
    Intellectual Disability
    Learning
    Depression
    Population

    Keywords

    • Children
    • Diagnosis
    • Refugee
    • Traumatized
    • Treatment

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    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Traumatized refugee children : The case for individualized diagnosis and treatment. / Kinzie, John (Dave); Cheng, Keith; Tsai, Jenny; Riley, Crystal.

    In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 194, No. 7, 07.2006, p. 534-537.

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    Kinzie, John (Dave) ; Cheng, Keith ; Tsai, Jenny ; Riley, Crystal. / Traumatized refugee children : The case for individualized diagnosis and treatment. In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2006 ; Vol. 194, No. 7. pp. 534-537.
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