This project aims to document the mental health of immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker families settling with children in Sydney Australia. The project will undertake mental health assessments of 120 asylum seeker children aged 5-17 and their caregivers and 80 community matched refugee-immigrants and their children who have arrived since 2010 at six-monthly intervals across 2.5 years.
The study will identify the mental health trajectories of children and parents and examine the association of the observed mental health trajectories, with key resettlement stressors and changes in those stressors, with a particularly focus on the impact of insecure residency and restrictive immigration processing that have been found to adversely impact adult populations. compare the results obtained with a nationally representative sample of refugees with permanent residency.
Co-Investigators: David Berle & Ruth Wells