“Post-traumatic stress disorder among Syrian refugees”
by Man Cheung Chung
Date: 15 February 2021, Monday
Place: Zoom Meeting
Trauma can lead to a drastic re-evaluation and distorted cognitions of oneself and others, as well as altered coping capacities, which in turn elevate psychological symptoms. This theoretical framework has set the basis for my research looking at posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among refugees, prisoners, and the general population with a traumatic experience. This talk will present two studies aiming to examine this framework by investigating the inter-relationship between trauma centrality, distorted cognitions, self-efficacy, PTSD and psychiatric co-morbidity among Syrian refugees. Overall, the findings suggest that trauma centrality can impact PTSD and psychiatric co-morbidity, especially among those who have altered perceptions of themselves and others. However, to what extent self-efficacy can interact with trauma centrality to affect distress outcomes remains unclear. The presentation will then end with a brief outline of my research plans in the next few years.
Bio: Professor Man Cheung Chung was born in Hong Kong. He earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology (University of Guelph, Canada), a PhD in Psychology (University of Sheffield, UK) and a PhD in Philosophy (University of Durham, UK). He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist and Psychologist. Professor Chung previously held positions at universities in the UK including University College London, University of Birmingham, University of Sheffield, University of Plymouth, and Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.