In this chapter we identify key strands of contemporary research on the wellbeing and mental health of refugee children, explore the tensions between different research and therapeutic perspectives, and finally suggest steps that may be taken to develop research and treatment agendas that bridge different therapeutic orientations while being simultaneously responsive to the needs of refugee children. The chapter begins with a brief overview of salient research highlighting differences between mental illness focused and psychosocial approaches to refugee children before moving on to a consideration of emerging paradigms in integrated treatment and research.
Charles Watters and Ilse Derluyn
Anders Hjern, Henry Ascher, Marianne Vervliet and Ilse Derluyn
Having an assumed chronological age above or below 18 years determines the support provided for young asylum seekers in most European countries, despite the fact that many lack documents with an exact birth date. This has led to the use of many different methods to assess age in Europe by dentists, paediatricians, radiographers and social workers. The use of these imprecise methods raise serious ethical and human rights concerns and is often experienced as unfair and stressful by the young asylum seekers.