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The mental health of detained asylum seeking children

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Hodes, Matthew

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Abstract European Union policy is to restrict the entry into the EU of asylum seekers. This has resulted in the detention of many thousands of asylum seekers including children and adolescents in prison-like environments. The available evidence suggests this practice is associated with high levels of psychological distress, anxiety, affective and posttraumatic stress disorder, and deliberate self-harm. Significant numbers of detained asylum seekers are released and some would benefit from contact with child mental health professionals. It is suggested that in keeping with EU policy aims alternatives to detention should be sought.
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; European Politics; Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Treatment and Prevention
Free Keywords Asylum seekers; Children and adolescents; Deliberate self-harm; Detention; European Union; Human rights; Posttraumatic stress disorder; War trauma
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 621-623
Journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 19 (2010) 7
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)