“Lost boys of Sudan” have emotional problems

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1350
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A group of young unaccompanied Sudanese refugees settling in the United States have generally done well. But some are showing behavioural and emotional problems in their personal and home lives, a study published this week has found (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2005;159: 585-91).

    Living in an institution or being alone in a US foster family, without any of their relatives or fellow refugees, increased the risk of prolonged psychological distress.

    The study followed up the refugees, a group of unaccompanied minors from a Kenyan refugee camp, called the “lost boys of Sudan” by the media, who were resettled in the …

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