Parental posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and offspring mental health and substance abuse among refugees

In a collaboration between MESU and Section of Immigration Medicine at Hvidovre Hospital vulnerability among children and adolescents of refugees suffering from PTSD is investigated. According to existing literature, mainly focusing on veterans, parent’s symptoms of PTSD can have adverse effect on offspring behavior and physical and mental health. However, the negative consequences of parental PTSD among refugees are not well understood. Therefore, this project aims to investigate parental PTSD and offspring mental health and substance abuse among refugees. This knowledge will contribute to documenting a possible vulnerability among children of mentally ill refugees.

Based on register data this project aims to investigate possible mental and social vulnerability among children of refugees suffering from PTSD in a cohort of refugees in Denmark. The study will include children and adolescents of refugees with PTSD who has obtained residence permit in Denmark on the basis of asylum or family-reunification between 1993 and 2015. The project will be executed by Public Health student Maj Back Nielsen, associate professor at MESU Marie Nørredam, consultant and head of research at Competence Center for Transcultural Psychiatry Jessica Carlsson Lohman and associate professor at Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, Jørgen Holm Petersen.  

Results expected to be published by the end of 2018.