Assessment of the psychosocial and mental health needs, dysfunction and coping mechanisms of violence affected populations in Bireuen Aceh. A qualitative study.

Bhava Poudyal, Judith Bass, Theodora Subyantoro, Abraham Jonathan, Theresia Erni, Paul A Bolton

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Qualitative research is important due to the shortage of literature in understanding cultural influences on psychosocial and mental health syndromes and their presentation, especially in developing countries. This qualitative study aims to investigate the psychosocial and mental health needs of populations in Aceh, Indonesia affected by over 30 years of conflict, their dysfunction, and their positive coping mechanisms. Results from this qualitative assessment indicate the presence of depression, anxiety and somatic symptoms. The data provide local terminology and ways in which the local population describes their own distress, which is an important addition to the understanding of the mental health consequences of this conflict. The data has been used to develop appropriate intervention strategies and adapt and validate assessment tools to measure psychological distress, dysfunction and coping mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-226
Number of pages9
JournalTorture : quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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