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/
A new nationwide mental health survey is planned for 2023.
In the spirit of encouraging similar research with Ukrainians living in Ukraine and elsewhere, we share our survey here:
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):
Hyland, P., Vallières, F., Shevlin, M., Karatzias, T., Ben-Ezra, M., McElroy, E., Vang, M. L., Lorberg, B., & Martsenkovskyi, D. (2023). Psychological consequences of war in Ukraine: assessing changes in mental health among Ukrainian parents. Psychological Medicine, 1–3. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291723000818
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
Ho, G. W. K., Vang, M. L., Martsenkovskyi, D., Karatzias, T., Ben-Ezra, M., McElroy, E., Redican, E., Cloitre, M., Lorberg, B., Hyland, P., & Shevlin, M. (2023). Assessing the latent structure of the International Trauma Questionnaire to assess ICD-11 PTSD and Complex PTSD in an adult civilian sample during the Ukraine war. Journal of Traumatic Stress. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22943
McElroy, E., Hyland, P., Vallières, F., Shevlin, M., Karatzias, T., Ben-Ezra, M., Vang, M. L., Lorberg, B., & Martsenkovskyi, D. (2023). Change in child mental health during the Ukraine War: Evidence from a large sample of parents. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-023-02255-z
Redican, E., Hyland, P., Schaser, C., Pfeiffer, E., Karatzias, T., Ben-Ezra, M., Martsenkovskyi, D., & Shevlin, M. (2023). Validation of the Ukrainian caregiver-report version of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen (CATS) in children and adolescents in Ukraine. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
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
Levin, Y., Bachem, R., Hyland, P., Vallières, F., Shevlin, M., Karatzias, T., McElory, E., Vang, M. L., Lorberg, B., & Martsenkovskyi, D. (under review). The association between daily life changes and anxiety among Ukrainians following the Russian invasion.
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 (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
Mental Health Assessment Materials:
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