Refugees Are at Higher Risk for Psychosis, Especially Pre-Migration


A study using data from the National Latino and Asian American Study finds that refugee status predicted more psychotic symptoms, even after controlling for traumatic experiences and demographic covariation, and that the risk of psychosis was higher in the pre-migration period than it was after migration. Results appeared in the  Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.

Abstract →

Crager, M., Chu, T., Link, B., Rasmussen, A.; Forced Migration and Psychotic Symptoms: An Analysis of the National Latino and Asian American Study. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. 11(3) 2013 (Online July 26)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].