17 research outputs found

    Speak out for the Homeless

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    This paper is to advocate for the homeless. Given the limited number of shelters in Indianapolis, it is crucial for social workers to speak out for the homeless

    Psychology of the Oppressed: Viewpoints

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    This essay discusses psychological influences and processes resulted from oppression that affect the personality, behaviors, and the mind of the oppressed individuals

    Resilience-Related Outcomes Among War-Affected Arab Refugees in the U.S.

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    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)Refugees undergo different kinds of stressors between fleeing their home country and resettling in a new one. Most studies have examined negative aspects of the refugee experience such as mental disorders or resettlement challenges. Building on strengths-based approach, the purpose of this study is to examine resilience-related outcomes. This researcher believes that refugees demonstrate adaptive and positive outcomes in the face of adversities. For this purpose, resilience-related outcomes are conceptualized as local language improvement and social connections in the host country. Using the stress coping model, trauma theory, and resilience theory, this research examines these adaptive outcomes in association with experienced war-trauma and post-migration stressors among Arab-speaking war-affected refugees in the U.S. This researcher recruited 130 participants through mosques and resettlement agencies in Indianapolis. Participants completed a paper-based survey. The researcher conducted several hierarchical regression analyses and found not strong social connections and local language proficiency among the participants. Participants applied problem-focused coping strategies more than other types of strategies. There was a considerable probability of PTSD. Health status and stay length significantly predicted social connections and English language proficiency. In addition, education was found as a significant factor in improving language proficiency. The analysis indicated that problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies buffer the negative effects of war trauma and feeling of loss on social connections. The study revealed negative impact of dysfunctional coping strategies on potential PTSD among the participants. Implications for social work practice, education, and policy, as well as, recommendations for future studies are discussed

    DEAL Reflection Paper: Human Behavior in the Social Environment Theory

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    This DEAL (describe, examine, and articulate learning) reflection paper is to demonstrate my understanding of theoretical frameworks and their application in the context of agency in which I am placed. In addition to strengths-based approach, I selected ecological theory and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to explain the client system as well as practice in the agency. In this agency, I am involved in Family Strengthening program, and the main service is to address financial challenges and basic needs of clients

    Stressors experienced by refugees in transition between home country and resettlement country

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    This research is an exploratory study on the nature of stressors experienced by refugees before their resettlement in a third country such as the U.S. Eleven Syrian refugees living in Jordan were interviewed. The stressors listed by them are rooted in the systemic challenges existing in the host country such as economic, political, and societal issues

    Improving civic engagement: A strength-based strategy to address post-resettlement challenges

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    Overview: Considering the benefits of civic engagement for integrating of refugees into new community, attitudes toward, frequency and predictors of civic engagement are examined among 14 Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) refugees. Goals and Objectives: To demonstrate the importance of civic engagement in post-resettlement adjustment in overcoming individual challenges and becoming integrated in new community; To present results of a quantitative study on civic engagement among refugees from the Middle East and North Afric

    Civic Engagement among Iranians in the United States

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    Civic engagement is beneficial for individuals and the overall communities they live in. There is currently a gap in our literature regarding studies about civic engagement among immigrants and refugees. The purpose of this study was to examine civic attitudes, civic engagement, and their potential predictors among Iranian immigrants and refugees in the U.S. In total, these researchers recruited 52 participants and administered an internet-based, four-section questionnaire. They found very positive civic attitudes, as well as a high level of engagement in different civic activities among this group. Applying multiple linear regression analysis, the results indicated that female participants and those with higher English language proficiency have significantly more positive civic attitudes. Additionally, civic attitude was the only significant predictor of the level of civic engagement. Implications to improve civic attitudes and engagement are discussed

    Integration of war-affected Arab refugees in the U.S.

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    This research explores factors affecting integration among war-affected Arab refugees in the U.S. Two indicators of refugee integration including local language proficiency and social connections are examined as outcome variables. This study finds education, health status, and the U.S. length of stay as significant factors predicting these outcomes

    The impact of paternal involvement and United States stay length on Latino youth\u27s depressive symptoms

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    Latino youth in the United States are more at-risk for depression than youth of other ethnic backgrounds. This manuscript assesses the impacts of sex, age, United States stay length, and whether or not Latino children of immigrants’ fathers live with them on the youth’s depressive symptoms. For this purpose, data of the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study was used. Using multiple regression analysis, the relationships among the aforementioned factors were examined among 1305 immigrant youth who were born in Latin America and Caribbean countries. The results of the study indicated that being male, living with one’s father and longer stay in the United States are significantly associated with less depression for Latino children of immigrants. The implications of the study can be applied to multiple settings including youth’s homes, social service agencies, and personnel who work with depressed populations. Raising awareness among immigrant parents, training mental health and social service providers, and developing culturally sensitive interventions were recommended. Although this study is a significant and timely topic, using data that are more recent could be more beneficial

    Perceptions of IUPUI Faculty and Staff Regarding the Center for Service and Learning Faculty/Staff Development Programs

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    The purpose of this evaluation was to understand perceptions of IUPUI faculty and staff regarding the influence of the Center for Service and Learning’s (CSL) programs and resources on respondents. Specifically, the evaluation was intended to deepen CSL’s understanding of respondents’ experiences as community-engaged professionals at IUPUI. Additionally, the evaluation sought to gather input on new ideas to strengthen CSL services and programming going forward. IUPUI faculty and staff who have participated in CSL workshops, trainings, and/or requested information from CSL were emailed during the fall of 2018 and asked to participate in the Qualtrics survey. The survey was anonymous. This report shares overall findings from the survey and provides general recommendations
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