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NVI-rapporteringsår: 2011
Vitenskapelig artikkel

Predictors of depressive symptoms among resettled unaccompanied refugee minors

  • Karoline Brobakke Seglem
  • Brit Oppedal og
  • Sabine Raeder


Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
ISSN 0036-5564
e-ISSN 1467-9450
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2011
Volum: 52
Hefte: 5
Sider: 457 - 464


Isi-ID: 000295081300007

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Predictors of depressive symptoms among resettled unaccompanied refugee minors


This study investigated the level and predictors of depressive symptoms among unaccompanied refugee minors after resettlement in Norway. Participants (N = 414) were resettled in 26 municipalities from all regions of the country. The average length of resettlement time was 3.4 years. They originated from 33 different countries, mainly Afghanistan (n = 116), Somalia (n = 74), Sri Lanka (n = 41) and Iraq (n = 43). Participants completed a self-report questionnaire administered in groups. Findings show that unaccompanied minors are a high-risk group for mental health problems also after resettlement in a new country. A multilevel model predicting depressive symptoms from individual and contextual demographic factors indicated that, controlling for posttraumatic stress, females had more symptoms than males and Somalis had fewer symptoms than participants from other countries. Variation in symptom levels as a function of gender and ethnic background indicates that some groups may have inherent protective or vulnerability factors that need to be further studied to understand differences in psychosocial adaptation among unaccompanied minors. Further, findings imply that researchers, policy makers and mental health care workers need to expand their attention beyond the first phases of arrival of unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee minors to the continuing experience of mental health problems after resettlement.


Karoline Brobakke Seglem

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Avdeling for psykiske lidelser ved Folkehelseinstituttet

Brit Oppedal

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Avdeling for barns helse og utvikling ved Folkehelseinstituttet

Sabine Raeder

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Psykologisk institutt ved Universitetet i Oslo
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