My research paper is on the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in refugee children.
Post traumatic stress disorder is referred to as PTSD.
The United Nations Children's fund also called UNICEF has estimated that 80% of the victims in modern wars are women and children. Many of these victims are forced to flee their countries so they can be safe. This has resulted in an estimated 19.2 million refugees and displaced people worldwide. Almost half of those are children. I decided to research PTSD in the refugee children world wide, not just in america.
PTSD effects an estimated 40% of children refugees, but this number is based on a small group .
PTSD is a natural emotional reaction to horrific and terrible experiences that involve actual harm to or threatened harm to the child themselves or others.These experiences are called traumatic. The traumatic events that refugee children experience vary in severity. Most have endured events such as bombings, rape, torture, death or disappearance of a family members or friends. Some have been forced to harm their families and friends, some forced to be young soldiers.
PTSD can also be from the post migration difficulties such as the process of asylum seeking, negotioations with immigration authorities, financial hardship, unemployment, inadequate or communal housing, social isolation, racial discrimination and adapting to a new culture. Usually these issues will bring on depression in children rather that PTSD. So they are dealing with both.
The symptoms of PTSD vary as well, some examples are the Reliving of the horrible experience over and over. Having night mares that keep coming back . Having unwanted, disturbing memories of the event. Acting or feeling as if the event is happening again. Feeling upset when you are reminded of the event. Many children will avoid activities, places or people that remind them of the traumatic experience as well as avoiding friends and family. PTSD will effect emotions....