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Research In Ukraine

The Mental Health of Parents and Children in Ukraine Study

We are currently conducting research in Ukraine to understand how Russia's war is affecting the mental health and day-to-day lives of Ukrainian adults and children.

Project members include Prof. Philip Hyland (Maynooth University, Ireland), Prof. Mark Shevlin (Ulster University, Northern Ireland), Prof. Thanos Karatzias (Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland), Dr. Frédérique Vallières (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Prof. Menachem Ben-Ezra (Ariel University, Israel), Dr. Eoin McElroy (Ulster University, Northern Ireland), Dr. Maria Louison Vang (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark), Dr. Boris Lorberg (University of Massachusetts, United States), and Dr. Dmytro Martsenkovskyi (Bogomolets National Medical University & SI Institute of Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Examination and Drug Monitoring of Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Ukraine).

We collected data from a nationwide sample of 2,004 adult Ukrainian parents who reported on their experiences of the war, how their own mental health has changed since the invasion in February 2022, and how the mental health of their children has changed. These data were collected between July and September 2022. 

We have established a public project page on the Open Science Framework where all materials can be found: https://osf.io/rja3p/

In the spirit of encouraging similar research with Ukrainians living in Ukraine and elsewhere, we share our survey here:

Study Survey_English

Study Survey_Ukrainian

We are in the process of writing papers based on these data. All papers will be uploaded to our OSF page prior to peer review. A list will be maintained here too (papers can be accessed by clicking on the title):

Publications:

Karatzias, T., Shevlin, M., Ben-Ezra, M., McElroy, E., Redican, E., Vang, M. L., Cloitre, M., Ho, G. W. K., Lorberg, B., Martsenkovskyi, D., & Hyland, P. (2023). War exposure, PTSD, and Complex PTSD among parents living in Ukraine during the Russian war. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. https://doi.org/10.1111/acps.13529 

McElroy, E., Hyland, P., Vallières, F., Shevlin, M., Karatzias, T., Ben-Ezra, M., Vang, M. L., Lorberg, B., & Martsenkovskyi, D. (under review – 1st revision submitted). Change in child mental health during the Ukraine War: Evidence from a large sample of parents. - NOT PEER REVIEWED

Hyland, P., Vallières, F., Shevlin, M., Karatzias, T., Ben-Ezra, M., McElroy, E., Vang, M. L., Lorberg, B., & Martsenkovskyi, D. (under review). The psychological consequences of war in Ukraine: Assessing changes in mental health among Ukrainian parents. - NOT PEER REVIEWED

Martsenkovskyi, D., Karatzias, T., Hyland, P., Shevlin, M., Ben-Ezra, M., McElroy, E., Redican, E., Vang, M. L., Cloitre, M., Ho, G. W. K., Lorberg, B., Martsenkovskyi, I. (under review). Parent-reported posttraumatic stress reactions in children and adolescents: Findings from The Mental Health of Parents and Children in Ukraine Study. - NOT PEER REVIEWED 

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Mental Health Resources for Clinicians and Researchers

Clinicians and researchers can access a range of mental health materials that have been translated into Ukrainian and Russian. We hope these resources can be of some help to those responding to the mental health needs of Ukrainians affected by the war.

We will continue to add resources to this page as they become available. Please get in touch (philip.hyland@mu.ie or m.shevlin@ulster.ac.uk) if you have any materials or resources that can be shared here. 

Below are mental health materials and measures available in Ukrainian, Russian, and (for reference) English. Simply click on whatever you need and it will download. 

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Materials:


1. Psychosocial support to people in Ukraine and impacted countries - developed by the Psychosocial Support Centre of the IFRC.

2. Coping with the psychological consequences of war, flight, and displacement - developed by Prof. Brigitte Lueger-Schuster at the University of Vienna.

3. Therapeutic stories for children - developed by Professor Justyna Ziółkowska at SWPS University, Poland. Available in Ukrainian, Polish, and English.


Mental Health Assessment Materials:

1. Demographic questions_Ukrainian

1. Demographic questions_Russian

1. Demographic questions_English

2. Depression_The Patient Health Questionnaire-9_Ukrainian

2. Depression_The Patient Health Questionnaire-9_Russian

2. Depression_The Patient Health Questionnaire-9_English

3. Anxiety_The Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7_Ukrainian

3. Anxiety_The Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7_Russian

3. Anxiety_The Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7_English

4. Trauma Exposure_The Life Events Checklist 5_Ukrainian

4. Trauma Exposure_The Life Events Checklist 5_Russian

4. Trauma Exposure_The Life Events Checklist 5_English

5. PTSD and Complex PTSD_The International Trauma Questionnaire_Ukrainian

5. PTSD and Complex PTSD_The International Trauma Questionnaire_Russian

5. PTSD and Complex PTSD_The International Trauma Questionnaire_English

6. Somatic Problems_The Patient Health Questionnaire_Ukrainian

6. Somatic Problems_The Patient Health Questionnaire_Russian

6. Somatic Problems_The Patient Health Questionnaire_English

7. Impairments in living_WHODAS 2.0_Ukrainian

7. Impairments in living_WHODAS 2.0_Russian

7. Impairments in living_WHODAS 2.0_English

8. For CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS_Trauma and PTSD/CPTSD_CATS and ITQ-CA_Ukrainian

8. For CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS_Trauma and PTSD/CPTSD_CATS and ITQ-CA_Russian

8. For CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS_Trauma and PTSD/CPTSD_CATS and ITQ-CA_English

9. Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen, Parent Report Version for 3-6 year olds_Ukrainian

9. Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen, Parent Report Version for 7-17 year olds_Ukrainian

10. PCL5 PTSD_Ukrainian

10. PCL5 PTSD_Russian

10. PCL5 PTSD_English

11. Traumatic Grief Inventory Self Report Plus_Ukrainian

11. Traumatic Grief Inventory Self Report Plus_Russian

11. Traumatic Grief Inventory Self Report Plus_English

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Help the Ukrainian Military & Humanitarian Organizations

There are many ways you can support Ukraine in the face of Russian military aggression. Please visit www.standforukraine.com to donate to verified projects to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a variety of humanitarian charities.

You can donate directly to the Armed Forces of Ukraine by clicking here

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