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Social resilience and mental health among Eritrean asylum-seekers in Switzerland

Melamed, Sabra and Chernet, Afona and Labhardt, Niklaus D. and Probst-Hensch, Nicole and Pfeiffer, Constanze. (2019) Social resilience and mental health among Eritrean asylum-seekers in Switzerland. Qualitative health research, 29 (2). pp. 222-236.

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Abstract

Eritreans comprise the largest group of asylum-seekers in Switzerland. Gaining recognized refugee status can take up to 36 months, during which time asylum-seekers live in a state of legal limbo, intensifying threats to their well-being. Resilience and mental health among this population is poorly understood. We interviewed 10 asylum-seekers residing in Switzerland using qualitative, in-depth interviews. Data were analyzed using the Framework Method. Results indicated that mental health was understood as a binary state rather than a continuum and that trusted friends and family were responsible for recognizing and attempting to treat mental health problems. Pathways to care were potentially interrupted for asylum-seekers. Capital building, considered through the lens of social resilience, consisted of language learning, establishing of new individual- and community-level social networks, and proactive symbolic capital building through volunteering. We contextualize the asylum-seekers' experience into a resilience framework and offer practical recommendations for improving mental health care access.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Chronic Disease Epidemiology > Genetic Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (Probst-Hensch)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Sozial- und Präventivmedizin > Genetic Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (Probst-Hensch)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Medicine > Clinical Research (Reither)
UniBasel Contributors:Chernet, Afona and Labhardt, Niklaus and Probst Hensch, Nicole and Pfeiffer, Constanze Dorothee D.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Sage Publ.
ISSN:1552-7557
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:12 Mar 2019 10:14
Deposited On:12 Mar 2019 10:14

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