International Journal of Mental Health & PsychiatryISSN: 2471-4372

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Research Article, Int J Ment Health Psychiatry Vol: 3 Issue: 1

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Risk among Iraqi Displaced Children

Riyadh KL1*, Saba D2, Maha A Al-Nuaimi3 and Nuha H4
1Munstansiriya University, College of Medicine, Yarmouk, 612, 1, 10/1 Baghdad, Iraq
2College of Health and Medical Technologies, Baghdad, Iraq
3College of Medicine, Ninawa University, Iraq
4College of Medicine, Mosul University, Iraq
Corresponding author : Riyadh K Lafta
Al Munstansiriya University, College of Medicine, Yarmouk, 612, 1, 10/1, Baghdad, Iraq
Tel: +9647901769695
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: February 08, 2017 Accepted: March 09, 2017 Published: March 14, 2017
Citation: Riyadh KL, Saba D, Al-Nuaimi MA, Nuha H (2017) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Risk among Iraqi Displaced Children. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry 3:1. doi: 10.4172/2471-4372.1000139

 

Abstract

Millions of people around the world had been forced to flee their homes due to violence. High rates of mental problem have been reported among those populations. Iraq is an exemplar of the mental health needs of children in conflict-affected countries. A multi-stage random sampling technique was adopted targeting primary school students in the main three Iraqi governorates (Baghdad, Duhok, and Erbil) to which most of the displaced families fled. A standard questionnaire form adapted from the 10-item Trauma Screening Questionnaire -TSQ/ child version was used. The prevalence of PTSD was estimated to be 83.3%, which seems to increase with age, more in females, and was associated with large family size and frequent displacements. There was a significant association between PTSD and the occurrence of violent events in the family (death, injury or arrest) during or after displacement. These findings call the attention for an urgent humanitarian interference to help the traumatized Iraqi children.

Keywords: PTSD; Risk; Displaced; Children; Iraq

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