Quality of life among Iranian refugees resettled in Sweden
2003 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant Health, ISSN 1096-4045, E-ISSN 1573-3629, Vol. 6, no 2, 71-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The relationships between quality of life, psychopathological manifestations and coping relatedvariables (coping resources, social support, sense of coherence) were examined among individualswho have perceived several severe traumata. One hundred Iranian refugees resettledin Sweden have been investigated by theSymptomChecklist (SCL-90-R), the Beck DepressionInventory (BDI), the Coping Resources Inventory (CRI), and the Interview Schedule for SocialInteraction (ISSI), the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC), and the WHOQoL-100 questionnairein a cross-sectional study. Individuals, traumatized by combat experiences as a soldierduring the war, with low BDI scores showed on average the significantly highest overall qualityof life, the best physical health, the highest scores according to the sense of coherence mostpronounced for “Meaningfulness,” and the best availability of social integration comparedto participants who did not had these experiences in combats and those with the experiencebut scored high in the BDI. Quality of life, coping resources, and social support werefound closely related to psychopathological manifestations. Motivational orientations (highlydeveloped Meaningfulness—SOC) and various coping competencies probably enable sometraumatized individuals to resist against several traumata and to live in a good quality of lifewithout psychopathological disturbances.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2003. Vol. 6, no 2, 71-81 p.
quality of life, coping resources, social support, refugee
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2631DOI: 10.1023/B:JOIH.0000019167.04252.58OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-2631DiVA: diva2:140851