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Svårt att säkert fastställa ålder hos asylsökande barn - Medicinska metoder håller inte måttet - psykosocialbedömning bör prövas
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). institutionen för medicin, Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, no 112, DRFZArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Många ensamkommande asylsökande ungdomar i Europa saknar dokument som kan styrka deras ålder. 

Medicinsk åldersbedömning baserad på röntgen av handled och visdomständer har fått stor spridning när myndigheter ifrågasätter den ålder unga asylsökande uppger.

Stora felmarginaler gör dock metodernas informationsvärde för detta syfte högst begränsat. 

Åldersbedömningar baserade på psykosociala metoder bör prövas och utvärderas under svenska förhållanden.

Abstract [en]

Many unaccompanied asylum seeking young people in Europe lack documents proving their age. X rays of the wrist and wisdom teeth are often used by European migration authorities to assess age in this situation. The large inter-individual differences in physical maturation during adolescence create such large margins of error for these methods that their informative value is very limited. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare should reconsider its previous position on these methods and examine the possibility to include psychosocial methods in these age assessment procedures. 

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2015. no 112, DRFZ
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Pediatrics Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124076DiVA: diva2:881823
Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2015-12-11Bibliographically approved

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