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NCJ Number: 228645 Find in a Library
Title: Mental and Physical Health Difficulties of Children Held Within a British Immigration Detention Center: A Pilot Study
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:573-585
Author(s): Ann Lorek; Kimberly Ehntholt; Anne Nesbitt; Emmanuel Wey; Chipo Githinji; Eve Rossor; Rush Wichramasinghe
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed the mental and physical health of a sample of children held within a British immigration detention center.
Abstract: Study findings indicate that the experience of detention, even for a relatively brief period of time, has a detrimental effect on the mental and physical health of children. The children in this assessment appear to be experiencing high levels of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, somatic complaints, emotional symptoms, and behavioral difficulties since being detained. These findings support those of previous reports that detention is not in the best interest of the child and should not be used for the purposes of immigration control. Current British law allows for families with children subject to immigration control to be detained for indefinite periods of time. The United Kingdom Government’s practice of detaining children has increased since 2001. The well-being of children held in United Kingdom immigration detention centers has given cause for concern. Using a sample of 24 children detained in British immigration detention centers, this study assessed both the mental and physical health of these children. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child welfare
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Detention; Effects of imprisonment; Immigrants/Aliens; Immigration offenses; Incarceration; Juvenile detention; United Kingdom (UK)
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