Quotation Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Rengs, Bernhard. 2020. Mental Wellbeing of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan Refugees in Austria: Evidence on the Prevalence of Anxiety Disorder and Depression. 3. Konferenz des Netzwerks Fluchtforschung: Kontexte von Flucht, Schutz und Alltag Geflüchteter, Online, Deutschland, 17.09.-19.09.


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As one of the first of its kind in Europe, the Refugee Health and Integration Survey (ReHIS) aims to explore the manifold vulnerabilities refugees experience during and after forced migration by providing primary data on depression and anxiety disorder symptoms of roughly 500 Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Austria. Results indicate that rates of moderate to severe depression are twice as high among the refugee population as among the Austrian resident population. The mental wellbeing of female refugees and Afghan citizens is revealed to be particularly compromised. Young refugees up to the age of 24 years showed higher levels of depression and anxiety disorder than older age groups. Despite significantly higher prevalence rates of affective mental disorder symptoms, refugees do not consult psychiatric or psychological services more often than Austrians do. Language barriers, lack of information about available practitioners and long waiting lists are revealed as important barriers to mental health care.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Poster presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Mental Wellbeing of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan Refugees in Austria: Evidence on the Prevalence of Anxiety Disorder and Depression
Event 3. Konferenz des Netzwerks Fluchtforschung: Kontexte von Flucht, Schutz und Alltag Geflüchteter
Date 17.09.-19.09.
Location Online
Country Germany
Year 2020

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Women’s Integration Survey: Inclusion, Participation and Enablement of Refugee Women in Austria
People
Kohlenberger, Judith (Details)
External
Buber-Ennser, Isabella (VID/ÖAW, Austria)
Rengs, Bernhard (VID/ÖAW, Austria)
Organization
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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