Screening for War Trauma, Torture, and Mental Health Symptoms Among Newly Arrived Refugees: A National Survey of U.S. Refugee Health Coordinators

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The first national survey of refugee mental health screening practices found that while refugee trauma survivors are at increased risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression, most states do not provide mental health screenings. Of the 25 states that provide mental health screening, 17 use informal conversation rather than standardized measures. Co-author Patricia Shannon, MSW, PhD is a research associate at CVT and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. The article was published in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (paid access only).

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