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Humanitarianism and Mass MigrationConfronting the World Crisis$
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Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297128

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297128.001.0001

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Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Refugee Children Through Family and Community-Based Prevention

Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Refugee Children Through Family and Community-Based Prevention

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(p.137) 6 Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Refugee Children Through Family and Community-Based Prevention
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Humanitarianism and Mass Migration
Author(s):

Theresa S. Betancourt

Rochelle L. Frounfelker

Jenna M. Berent

Bhuwan Gautam

Saida Abdi

Abdirahman Abdi

Zahara Haji

Ali Maalim

Tej Mishra

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297128.003.0007

This chapter presents an overview of a family-based intervention program and the impact it has on outcomes of parent-child relationships, family functioning, and child mental health among Bhutanese and Somali Bantu refugees in New England. The program uses a Community Based Participatory Research approach, emphasizing strong community engagement, support from community advisory boards, and the use of refugee community health workers to implement the home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI). The FSI uses a strengths-based approach to focus on prevention, resilience, and overcoming barriers, while improving linkages to important community resources. The program is currently in its pilot phase (n=80 families) and preparing for scaling-up (n=300 families) with adaptations based on preliminary findings and lessons learned. A mixed-methods design is used to assess the effectiveness of the FSI and inform next stages of the research. This chapter presents preliminary findings of formative work and from the pilot phase of the program.

Keywords:   Refugee, mental health, community-based, prevention, intervention, disparities

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