A systematic review of resilience and mental health outcomes of conflict-driven adult forced migrants

Added February 3, 2015

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Processes of resilience among displaced adults in the presence of substantial adversity- and their impact on mental health- remain unclear in the literature and require further research. There is evidence for the positive role of resilience on the mental health of conflict-driven displaced populations in the global context.

The rising global burden of forced migration due to armed conflict is an important global health issue. The adverse impact of migration on mental health is well established. Resilience- a multidimensional construct incorporating personal skills and qualities, with social environments and a supportive family network- is a suggested potential protective factor. This review assesses the global literature on the impact of resilience on the mental health of adult conflict-driven forced migrants.