The Mental Health of Refugee Children in Canada

Ilene Hyman, Morton Beiser, Nhi Vu


This paper reviews the literature on
sources of stress, and the personal and
social resources refugee youth use to
cope with adversity. Preliminary findings from
the Clarke Institute/University
of Toronto Department of
Psychiatry Southeast Asian (SEA)
Refugee Youth Project, a study of the
mental health and adaptation of SEA
youth to Canada, are used to supplement
findings from the literature. The
review highlights research needs as well
as possibilities for programs that could
help promote the successful adaptation
of refugee youth in Canada.

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