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Seven-year follow-up outcomes’ study of a context-sensitive group psychotherapy for asylum seekers and refugees traumatized by war and terror

Seven-year follow-up outcomes’ study of a context-sensitive group psychotherapy for asylum seekers and refugees traumatized by war and terror

The outcome studies suggest that this group treatment approach improves mental health of asylum seekers and refugees with PTSD, both on the short and on longer terms. The PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms are reduced upon completion of the treatment. The trend of reduction of the examined psychopathology continues up to five years after the treatment. Over an even longer period of time, up to seven years, the treatment gains are maintained but reduced in strength. Both asylum seekers and refugees can benefit from the applied group treatment, irrespective of the absence of stable living arrangements. However, positive changes in the resettlement context lead to more favourable treatment outcomes.