ERIC Number: EJ1100242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
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Reference Count: 69
A Systematic Review of School-Based Social-Emotional Interventions for Refugee and War-Traumatized Youth
Sullivan, Amanda L.; Simonson, Gregory R.
Review of Educational Research, v86 n2 p503-530 Jun 2016
Refugees often experience significant psychological distress, but many do not receive necessary services. Among children and youth, most mental health services are provided by schools, so schools are an important service provider for young refugees. We conducted a systemic literature review to synthesize and evaluate the existing research on school-based interventions to improve mental health or social-emotional functioning of students who are refugees, asylum seekers, or immigrants with war trauma. Three types of school-based interventions were identified: cognitive behavioral therapy, creative expression, and multitiered or multimodal models. The review identified several interventions with positive effects, as well as multiple interventions that had null or negative effects. We address the implications of this body of intervention research for practice and research.
Descriptors: Refugees, Trauma, Social Influences, Emotional Response, Intervention, Social Development, War, Emotional Development, Literature Reviews, Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Therapy, Creative Development, Learning Modalities, Program Effectiveness, Children, Adolescents, Mental Health, Immigrants, Coping, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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