The psychosocial health of shan children in Northwest Thailand

Nishant Verma, Rufina Lee, Celina Su, Coralie Chan, Peter Muennig*

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We administered the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to 51 Shan refugee children from Burma who are living in northern Thailand, and collected life histories from 11 of their families. Of the sample, 63% of the children were stateless, and none were Thai citizens. About 30% of the children had normal peer relationship subscores-a number well below Thai norms after correcting for multiple comparisons (p <.001). However, thier overall functioning was not different from the Thai population as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Myanmar
  • Psychosocial health
  • Shan
  • Statelessness
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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