The Darfur crisis: Associated mental health problems among internally displaced women

Saif A. Musa, Abdalla A.R.M. Hamid

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Abstract

This study aimed at investigating the effects of the Darfur crisis on the mental health of internally displaced women; in particular, the traumatic events and resulting living conditions inside camps for internally displaced persons. It was hypothesized that a high prevalence of nonpsychotic psychiatric symptoms would be found. Participants were 212 internally displaced women in Darfur between 15 and 80 years old. Participants were interviewed using two measures: the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and another questionnaire specially designed to assess living conditions and relief services. Results showed that 72% of the participants were classified as nonpsychotic psychiatric cases. Findings also imply that living conditions inside camps need to be improved and security should be provided or enforced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-130
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Muslim Mental Health
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Darfur
  • Internally displaced women
  • Living conditions
  • Psychological distress
  • Relief supplies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Religious studies
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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