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Trauma, memory, future episodic thinking and mental health among Rohingya refugee people: A cross-country study

posted on 2021-07-06, 07:34 authored by SANJIDA KHAN
This thesis investigates the differential effects of direct and indirect trauma on mental health, autobiographical memory (AM), and future episodic thinking (FET) among Rohingya refugee people living in Bangladesh and Malaysia. It also examines if prompting questions could improve specificity in AM and FET. Results indicated that indirect trauma could cause PTSD and AM impairment. Participants with AM impairment and poor mental health were likely to show deficits in FET. Unlike AM, prompt questions could not enhance FET specificity. This thesis informs current theories of trauma and mental health, and directs needs for clinical attention in addressing indirect trauma and improving FET specificity among refugee populations.


Principal supervisor

Shamsul Haque

Additional supervisor 1

Dr. Adriana Maria Ortega Rodriguez

Additional supervisor 2

Dr. Alvin Kuowei Tay

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Monash University Malaysia)

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences