The psychometric and psychosocial dimension of Albanian immigration: Data from a preliminary study

Marianna Naimo, A. Massagli, D. Degortes, A. Favaro, N. Campagnola, G. Vidotto

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The present study is part of a wider ministerial project aimed at analysing - both the healthcare and psychological aspects - the phenomenon of illegal immigration, in particular Albanian immigration in Apulia. The CBA 2.0 Primary Scale was duly translated, in accordance with the guidelines set out in literature, to allow for identification and future use of psychological tools in Albanian and therefore assess the psychological dimension of a sample group of adult Albanians. Moreover, the eventual presence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in subjects who arrived in Italy after a traumatic journey was studied. 82 Albanians were chosen (47 male and 35 female) having lived in Italy for over a year. All subjects were given the Albanian version of CBA 2.0 Primary Scale; subjects who had entered Italy illegally were asked to answer the DSM-IV questionnaire to assess PTSD and MDD and a semi-structured questionnaire made up to evaluate their experiences, before, during and after the trauma of their journey. CBA 2.0 translated into Albanian does not reveal psychological disturbances of clinical significance but did reveal values of hardship significantly lower than the normal Italian standards. Only 3 cases of PTSD and 6 of MDD arose from the questionnaire regarding the assessment of PTSD and MMD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-110
Number of pages7
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Issue number3 SUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


  • CBA-2.0
  • Immigration
  • Psychological assessment
  • PTSD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation


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