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The Prevalence of Physical and Mental Health Conditions Among Fathers of Refugee Background: A Systematic Review

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posted on 2023-02-10, 00:25 authored by Rebecca GialloRebecca Giallo, E Riggs, A Fogarty, C Lynch, J Yelland, J Szwarc, SJ Brown
There is growing recognition of the critical role that refugee fathers have in helping their children and families adjust to starting life in a new country, and the contribution of their mental and physical health to settlement and family health outcomes. The aims of this systematic review were to summarize and critically appraise the quality of research reporting on estimates of mental and physical health conditions among refugee fathers. Electronic databases were systematically searched to identify peer-reviewed studies reporting on the mental and/or physical health of refugee fathers of children aged 0–18 years, who had settled in a host country. Study details and estimates of mental and/or physical health conditions were extracted, and a critical appraisal of study quality conducted. Ten studies reporting estimates of post-traumatic stress (2–86%) and general psychological distress, anxiety, depression, stress and prolonged grief (25–50%) were identified. Only one study reported on physical health. Study quality and variability in recruitment, samples, data collection methods and outcomes across studies made it difficult to estimate the overall prevalence of mental and physical health difficulties. Despite marked heterogeneity across studies, this review highlights that mental health difficulties among refugee fathers are common, identifying them as a specific cohort of socially and culturally diverse fathers at risk of poor health. The findings underscore the need for health and social policy and service delivery specifically focussed on promoting the mental health of refugee fathers and their families.

History

Journal

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Volume

53

Pagination

404-425

ISSN

0047-2328

eISSN

1929-9850

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

3

Publisher

UNIV TORONTO PRESS INC