The Darfur Crisis: Associated Mental Health Problems among Internally Displaced Women


Musa, Saif A., and Abdalla A.R.M. Hamid. 2010. "The Darfur Crisis: Associated Mental Health Problems among Internally Displaced Women." Journal of Muslim Mental Health 5 (1): 120-30.

Authors: Saif A. Musa, Abdalla A.R.M. Hamid


This study aimed at investigating the effects of the Darfur crisis on the mental health of internally displaced women; in particular, the traumatic events and resulting living conditions inside camps for internally displaced persons. It was hypothesized that a high prevalence of nonpsychotic psychiatric symptoms would be found. Participants were 212 internally displaced women in Darfur between 15 and 80 years old. Participants were interviewed using two measures: the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and another questionnaire specially designed to assess living conditions and relief services. Results showed that 72% of the participants were classified as nonpsychotic psychiatric cases. Findings also imply that living conditions inside camps need to be improved and security should be provided or enforced. 

Keywords: mental health, internally displaced people, trauma

Topics: Displacement & Migration, IDPs, Refugee/IDP Camps, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, Trauma Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Sudan

Year: 2010

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