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, 65 (2), 97-112

[Validated Instruments for the Psychological Assessment of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors - A Systematic Review]

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[Validated Instruments for the Psychological Assessment of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors - A Systematic Review]

[Article in German]
Miriam Rassenhofer et al. Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr.

Abstract

The German care system faces a growing number of unaccompanied refugee minors (URM). URM show high levels of traumatization, a variety of psychological symptoms and lack important resilience factors. Therefore an early and valid psychological assessment is important for intervention and service planning. Yet, no systematic review on validated instruments for the assessment of this group exists. Literature search revealed one study about translators in the assessment of URM and five validated instruments for proxy and self-report. These instruments are available in several languages and showed good psychometric properties. It has to be critically stated that all instruments have been validated by a single work group within a single population. Especially with regards to changing definitions of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder within the new (and upcoming) classification systems ICD-11 and DSM-5, increased awareness for diagnostic procedures is necessary. Additionally, more validated instruments for specific psychological disorders in multiple languages are needed. Under an economic perspective the use of open access questionnaires that are available in different languages seems useful, even if they are not especially validated for URM.

Keywords: Review; UMF; URM; mental health problems; psychische Auffälligkeiten; r unbegleitete minderjährige Flüchtlinge; review; unaccompanied refugee minors; validated instruments; validierte Instrumente.

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