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Received: 12 March 2020
Accepted: 11 August 2020
First Online: 20 August 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The research team approached the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Working Group in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to request that an ethical review committee be convened, comprised of qualified mental health personnel, to review the study for potential ethical concerns. Four reviewers with MHPSS advisory or specialist roles in their organizations conducted independent ethical reviews. Following one round of minor revisions to the study protocol, all reviewers provided ethical approval (see attached supporting document regarding ethical review approach for more information).Prior to beginning the survey, field researchers reviewed the informed consent statement with participants. Participants were informed of the purpose of the survey, how the data would be used, and that they would not receive payment for participating other than juice and some biscuits. They were informed that they could skip any question or discontinue the interview at any time. Confidentiality was explained as well as the limits to confidentiality (harm to self or others). Lastly, field researchers informed participants about mental health support options including referral options. Verbal consent was obtained from every participant before continuing with the interview. Participants’ names were not recorded at any point during the informed consent/survey process as an extra measure to ensure confidentiality. Reviewers approved of this informed consent process.
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: The authors declare that they have no commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest.