Refugee trauma measurement: a review of existing checklists
2016 (English)In: Public Health Reviews, ISSN 0301-0422, E-ISSN 2107-6952, Vol. 37, 10Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Studies have shown that a high proportion of refugees have been subjected to potentially traumatic experiences (PTEs). PTEs, including torture, are powerful predictors of mental ill health. This paper reports a review of refugee trauma history self-report measures used in population studies.
A review of existing instruments and checklists, up to September 2015, was performed.
The types of measures for refugee trauma history vary from semi-structured interviews and medical records to extensive multi-item trauma-checklists. The Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) was the most commonly used instrument for measuring trauma history among refugee populations. Few checklists included PTEs during the flight.
Trauma history checklists are often used as a tool to control for background variables when studying refugees’ mental health and have mostly been developed in clinical or semi-clinical settings. There is a need for acceptable, reliable and valid brief checklists for measuring trauma in refugees, for the purpose of performing larger scale population studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 37, 10
Refugee trauma, Review, Trauma checklist, Review of trauma instruments
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2292DOI: 10.1186/s40985-016-0024-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2292DiVA: diva2:1037332
FunderSwedish Red Cross