Psychological, social and welfare interventions for psychological health and well-being of torture survivors

Added January 13, 2015

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This review suggests that there is no difference between psychological therapies and relative controls on the immediate effects on post-traumatic symptoms, distress or quality of life. However, at six-month follow-up, some specific psychological interventions showed moderate benefits in the reduction of PTSD and distress. 

Torture is widespread, with potentially broad and long-lasting impact across physical, psychological, social and other areas of life. Its complex and diverse effects interact with ethnicity, gender, and refugee experience. This review assesses beneficial and adverse effects of psychological, social and welfare interventions for torture survivors, and compares these effects with those reported by active and inactive controls. The RCTs included in this review were of psychological interventions where the majority was of very low-quality. None of the RCT’s provided social or welfare interventions.