About this Research Topic
There is only limited knowledge on traumatic experiences before and during the migration, risk and protective factors of mental health problems, and the impact of daily stressors on psychopathology in refugee children and adolescents (including internally displaced children) around the world. Moreover, to date, the vast majority of assessment tools and treatment protocols are developed, evaluated and implemented in high-income countries. Since most refugee children and youth live in low- and middle-income countries, though, we need a better understanding of how to implement these protocols in these regions which often have very different mental health care systems. Moreover, in light of successfully implementing and disseminating evidence-based practices, there is a need for research investigating factors that facilitate this process (e.g., through collaboration with local communities). Research on adult refugees cannot be directly applied to refugee children, not least because of developmental differences, which is why this Research Topic focuses on research on refugee children and youth exclusively.
The focus of this Research Topic is on research that aims to investigate appropriate assessment tools and (trauma-focused) treatments for this target population, which focus on trauma (also during the migration process), psychopathology (e.g., PTSD; grief), cultural aspects and refugee-specific stressors in the settlement country (e.g., asylum process). This Research Topic will also focus on developmental aspects of refugee children and youth which might have a crucial impact on symptom development and maintenance. Lastly, research on the sustainable implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices for this population in the global North and South is encouraged. We are open to research coming from different research disciplines and traditions, including psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, social work, migration studies, clinical neurosciences, public health, or education research among others. We welcome original research, reviews, policy and practice reviews, case reports, community case studies, clinical trials, clinical study protocols.
Keywords: Trauma, Child, Refugee, Mental Health, Treatment
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