Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Migrants and Refugees at Dennis Hurley Centre in Durban

Mpho Mhlongo, Jonathan Burns


There is evidence in the literature of a higher than general population, prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and trauma in refugees and migrants. Most of these studies were done in Europe, North America and Australia, and a few in central Africa. There are hardly any studies done in South Africa (SA). Among African countries, SA has the highest proportion of refugees and migrants. There’s a great need for research in SA on prevalence of PTSD in refugees and migrants especially after the recent Xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. This will assist in identifying and referral of the people who need mental health services in this population.

This study is part of a larger study called “the epidemiology of common mental disorders in a refugee population in Durban”. The above mentioned larger study has received full BREC approval. The BREC ref is BF 172/11. In this larger study participants will be screened with several instruments. The focus of my study is on prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder.