The journey of a lifetime : conceptualising mental health in community-based asylum-seekers negotiating the refugee determination process

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Hocking, Debbie (2012) The journey of a lifetime : conceptualising mental health in community-based asylum-seekers negotiating the refugee determination process. Other Degree thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

There is a paucity of research on the mental health of asylum-seekers, particularly in comparison with refugee and migrant populations. Yet asylum-seekers occupy a vulnerable place in our community. After applying for a protection visa upon arrival in the host country, asylum-seekers frequently endure uncertainty for a protracted period as they traverse the Refugee Determination Process (RDP). The RDP in Australia and other Western countries can take years. Furthermore, asylum-seekers face psychosocial difficulties including numerous barriers to employment and access to health services, which can precipitate or perpetuate mental health problems. Despite this, little research has been undertaken with asylum-seekers negotiating the RDP, particularly studies employing a prospective design.

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Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Item type Thesis (Other Degree thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21489
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords demoralisation syndrome, PTSD, psychological trauma, depression, anxiety, post-migration stress, mental health disorders, migration, government, health policy, psychiatric morbidity, Mebourne
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