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Psychological measurement in populations impacted by humanitarian disasters

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Conflict and Health

There are currently 70.8 million individuals displaced as a result of humanitarian disasters. Although rates of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in these populations vary, it is estimated that at least a quarter of all survivors suffer from either depression or PTSD.

To correctly identify those displaced individuals who are experiencing clinically significant mental distress, it is imperative that psychosocial professionals have measurement tools that are valid and reliable for the populations with which they are working. The articles in this collection address a series of key issues faced by practitioners attempting to measure mental health constructs accurately and identify those in need of intervention.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editors declare no competing interests.

Read the introduction to the collection here.

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  1. The Zanmi Lasante Depression Symptom Inventory (ZLDSI) is a screening tool for major depression used in 12 primary care clinics in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Although previously validated in a clinic-based sampl...

    Authors: Rupinder K. Legha, Margaret E. Gerbasi, Mary C. Smith Fawzi, Eddy Eustache, Tatiana Therosme, J. Reginald Fils-Aime, Giuseppe J. Raviola, Emmeline Affricot, Ermaze Louis Pierre, Yoldie Alcindor, Jennifer Severe, Katherine A. Boyd, David J. Grelotti, Sarah Darghouth, Andrew Rasmussen and Anne E. Becker
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2020 14:13
  2. Research on the impact of various types of stressors on refugee wellbeing may not readily inform those designing interventions about the supports that will be most helpful in particular settings. Composite var...

    Authors: Candace Mootoo, Christine Fountain and Andrew Rasmussen
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2019 13:30
  3. There is a scarcity of adapted measures to study resilience and mental health of people in humanitarian settings in Africa. The aim of this study was to identify the factor structure and other psychometric pro...

    Authors: Berhanie Getnet and Atalay Alem
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2019 13:3
  4. In Ukraine, a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and veterans experience social and psychological problems as a result of the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Our purpose was to de...

    Authors: Benjamin Doty, Emily E. Haroz, Namrita S. Singh, Sergiy Bogdanov, Judith K. Bass, Laura K. Murray, Karis L. Callaway and Paul A. Bolton
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2018 12:34
  5. Refugees and asylum-seekers are often exposed to multiple types of potentially traumatic events (PTEs) and report elevated rates of psychological disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cons...

    Authors: Philippa Specker, Belinda J. Liddell, Yulisha Byrow, Richard A. Bryant and Angela Nickerson
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2018 12:26
  6. The alignment method, a novel psychometric approach, represents a more flexible procedure for establishing measurement invariance in geographically, ethnically, or linguistically diverse samples, especially in...

    Authors: Alvin Kuowei Tay, Rohan Jayasuriya, Dinuk Jayasuriya and Derrick Silove
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 11:8