Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 14, No. 9, 2015, pp. 1695-1701
Bioline Code: pr15222
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 14, No. 9, 2015, pp. 1695-1701
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Psychological Impact of Life as Refugees: A Pilot Study on a Syrian Camp in Jordan|
Basheti, I. A.; Qunaibi, E. A. & Malas, R.
Purpose: To investigate types and prevalence of psychological distresses endured by Syrian refugees
at Alzatary Camp in Jordan.
Methods: This observational study was conducted over a period of 2 months (November and
December, 2012) at Alzatary Camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. A validated questionnaire was filled
by a field researcher to gather information on respondents’ living conditions, psychological distresses
and perspectives of the medical care services provided.
Results: The questionnaire was completed for 73 respondents with a mean age of 37.7 ± 11.2. A
majority of refugees (63.3 %) lived in tents, and the rest in caravans. Some of the respondents (56 %)
suffered from psychological distresses; 46 % believed that psychological therapy and support is
needed, out of which 14.5 % reported receiving such therapy. Refugees staying in tents reported low
satisfaction with the medical care services provided (54.2 % vs. 23.8 %) and great need for
psychological support (66.7 % vs. 31.3 %) when compared to refugees staying in caravans.
Conclusion: Syrian refugees at Alzatary Camp suffer from psychological distress that requires urgent
attention. Current medical support is not sufficient, especially for refugees staying in tents.
Syrian refugees; Jordan camps; Alzatary Camp; Psychological disorders; Mental health
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