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Traumatic events, social support and depression: Syrian refugee children in Turkish camps

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dc.contributor.author Oppedal, Brit
dc.contributor.author Ozer, Serap
dc.contributor.author Sirin, Selcuk R.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-28T11:18:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-28T11:18:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.issn 1745-0128
dc.identifier.issn 1745-0136
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2017.1372653
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12485/326
dc.description.abstract The overall aim of the study was to document the nature and depth of the traumatic experiences of Syrian children living in a refugee camp in Turkey during the early stages of the civil war and examine their impact on depressive symptoms. Self-report questionnaire datawere collected from 285 participants, who were 57.9% females and on average 12.5 years old (SD = 1.28). Demographic information was gathered from their parents. The findings show that girls 13 years or older reported more depression than boys, while there was no significant gender difference among younger children. Even if exposure to several individual war traumas did not affect the level of depression, a cumulative risk index of the total numbers of traumatic events correlated significantly with depression. However, children with more traumatic experiences perceived higher levels of available social support, more specifically emotional support, which contributed to resilient outcomes in terms of reduced depression levels. The long-term sequela of war trauma on the individual's disposition to cope with stress, and through gradual, cascading effects on material deprivation, family interaction and ongoing daily hassles, was highlighted with suggestions for resilience and treatment-focused interventions. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Bahcesehir University, Istanbul en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2-4 PARK SQUARE, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXON, ENGLAND en_US
dc.subject Family Studies en_US
dc.title Traumatic events, social support and depression: Syrian refugee children in Turkish camps en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Vulnerable children and youth studies
dc.identifier.issue 1
dc.identifier.startpage 235
dc.identifier.endpage 270
dc.identifier.volume 13


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