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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Torture : quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture|
|State||Published - 2009|
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