Promoting Emotional Well-Being in Refugee Newcomer Families in Waterloo Region

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Project Description

The goals of the proposed study are to (1) deepen our understanding of family relationships and youth development in the context of Canadian resettlement and primary care, and (2) pilot new and innovative interventions that promote youth well-being through a focus on the family.

The proposed study involves three phases. In phase one, we will implement an outcomes-tracking system at the Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. The system will involve collecting brief assessments of caregiver and youth emotional well-being during primary care appointments and monthly mobile assessments via Qualtrics. In phase two, the Sanctuary clinicians and patients have indicated a desire for an intervention that is best described as “youth and family mentorship” (see a review of examples from DuBois & Karcher, 2013). Caregivers and youth will be matched with culturally similar mentors who have already resettled in the area. For feasibility and methodological reasons, families will be randomly assigned to a (1) mentorship condition or (2) an online, culturally-sensitive, parenting support program provided by an existing partnership with Triple P Canada. In phase three, we will analyze data, write a report and scientific manuscript, and disseminate the findings to the clinic, to other researchers, and to funders.

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