Post-resettlement Challenges and Mental Health of Southeast Asian Refugees in the United Statesedit
Successful refugee resettlement depends not only on the characteristics of the refugees, but also on the willingness and resourcefulness of the host countries to respond to their various needs. Most refugees from Southeast Asia have experienced traumatic events in their homeland and during their protracted stay in refugee camps. During this uncertain period, they have lost financial, social, and cultural capital. As Southeast Asian refugees begin to resettle in U.S. society, they often experience a decline in their social, cultural, and economic position that may prolong their hardships and negatively affect their mental health. Using a social determinant of mental health (SDMH) framework, this article will highlight structural and sociocultural factors that have potential to ameliorate various behavioral health challenges experienced by Southeast Asian refugees as they resettle in U.S. society. The article will offer best practice recommendations based on the factors identified through the SDMH framework for Southeast Asian refugees.