2223 – Albanian immigrants and psychosis - correlation between immigration factors and psychotic symptoms in people presented at tirana psychiatric clinic

  • Spaho E
  • Alikaj V
  • Allkoja B
  • et al.
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INTRODUCTION<br />The present data are part of a wider study aimed at analyzing psychological aspects and mental health of Albanian immigrants presented at Clinic of Psychiatry-University Hospital Center “Mother Teresa”, Tirana Albania. The experience of migration can negatively influence mental health (Furnham & Bochner, 1986) and immigrants may have an increased risk for mental health disorders and distress when compared to non-immigrants (Breslau, et al., 2007). <br /><br />AIM<br />To see the correlation between immigration factors and most frequent psychotic symptoms of the participants in the study. <br /><br />METHODS<br />Study sample was made up of 41 Albanian individuals (M:F = 4.9:1), presenting at University Hospital Center “Mother Teresa” Tirana during six months, with psychotic symptoms and a history of Immigration. Mean age of the subjects was 33.7 years. Semi-structured interviews that utilized several cross culturally validated questionnaires were conducted with all participants, Personal and Psychiatric History Schedule and Structured Clinical Questionnaire for DSM-IV. <br /><br />RESULTS<br />The most commonly reported type of trauma was material deprivation (73%), followed by death or disappearance of family members (55%), witnessing violence (43%). Greater numbers of immigration factors were significantly associated with higher levels of persecutory delusions (χ2=168.4, p=.001), auditive commanding hallucinations (χ2=42.1, p=.001), and intrusive thoughts (χ2=34.1, p=.001). <br /><br />CONCLUSIONS<br />It is the first study on mental health of Albanian immigrant people in Albania and very important for recommendations in future research in this target group.

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Spaho, E., Alikaj, V., Allkoja, B., & Suli, A. (2013). 2223 – Albanian immigrants and psychosis - correlation between immigration factors and psychotic symptoms in people presented at tirana psychiatric clinic. European Psychiatry, 28, 1. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0924-9338(13)77094-9

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