The Association Between Mental Well-Being and School Attendance Among Palestinian Adolescent Refugees in UNRWA Schools

Komal Nathani, Wei Chen Lee, Shaden Taha, Masako Horino, Akihiro Seita, Hani Serag

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Abstract

Adolescent refugees experience psychosocial stressors, including traumatic events, poverty, and loss of home and family. Exposure to conflict affects mental well-being in Palestinian adolescent refugees. Adolescent girls are among those vulnerable to post-traumatic stress associated with living in conflict zones, We assessed the association between reported mental well-being and school attendance among Palestinian adolescent refugees in UNRWA schools in Occupied Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. We also examined differences based on gender and place of residence, Palestinian adolescent refugees with certain mental well-being concerns were more likely to miss more days of school. Generally, females reported higher rates of loneliness and worry, but males were more likely to miss school. Gender-based differences were highest in Lebanon and least in the West Bank, More school-based and community-based mental well-being interventions are needed. Female-tailored programs are needed, especially in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Child refugee
  • Gender
  • Mental health
  • School attendance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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