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Mental disorders, disability and health service use amongst Vietnamese refugees and the host Australian population

Steel, Z., Silove, D., Chey, T., Bauman, A., Phan, T., Phan, T.

Academic Literature

2004

This paper compared the prevalence of common mental disorders, disability and health service utilisation among Vietnamese refugees resettled in Australia for 11 years, with data obtained from a national survey of the host population. A survey was conducted to collect data. The 12-month prevalence of anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol dependence among Vietnamese was 6.1% compared with 16.7% among Australians. Vietnamese with a mental illness reported higher disability but exhibited similar levels of mental health consultation. The overall service burden of mental disorders was lower for the Vietnamese.The findings suggest that refugee groups resettled for some time in Western countries may show sound mental health adaptation and do not necessarily impose a burden on general or mental health services.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Safety and security

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