Presentation Title

Transition in Occupations of Refugees During Resettlement to the United States

Location

Guzman 104

Start Date

4-19-2018 3:20 PM

End Date

4-19-2018 3:35 PM

Department

Occupational Therapy

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor

Karen McCarthy, OTR/L Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Intro & Background - The United Nations began to recognize and protect refugees in the 1950s. In 2016, there were 22.5 million refugees worldwide. The United States (U.S.) has accepted refugees from many countries since the 1930s, and in 2016 received approximated 85,000 refugees for resettlement. California resettled just over 5,000 of those 85,000.

Purpose- Limited research has been conducted in the U.S. focusing on the refugee experience; furthermore, there is a significant gap in research regarding the impact of the refugee experience on the occupations of refugees as they transition to living in the U.S. This study will capture the refugee experience to better inform the relationship between the refugee as client and the OT as provider.

Subjects - Subjects must be refugees, settled in the U.S. between one and five years, living in Northern California, and are not required to speak English.

Methods - The research will be a qualitative-descriptive study, using semi-structured interviews. Each participant will be interviewed for up to two hours, and will be asked a series of questions as guided by the P.E.O. model, targeting their occupational patterns and identifying changes in meaningful occupations due to the refugee process.

Potential Outcomes - In depth information about occupations through transition. The researchers expect to find variance in lifestyle adjustment and changes to meaningful occupations. This will inform OT interventions; maximizing their effectiveness and potentially decreasing ethical dilemmas for future refugees experiencing issues of occupational justice.

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Transition in Occupations of Refugees During Resettlement to the United States

Guzman 104

Intro & Background - The United Nations began to recognize and protect refugees in the 1950s. In 2016, there were 22.5 million refugees worldwide. The United States (U.S.) has accepted refugees from many countries since the 1930s, and in 2016 received approximated 85,000 refugees for resettlement. California resettled just over 5,000 of those 85,000.

Purpose- Limited research has been conducted in the U.S. focusing on the refugee experience; furthermore, there is a significant gap in research regarding the impact of the refugee experience on the occupations of refugees as they transition to living in the U.S. This study will capture the refugee experience to better inform the relationship between the refugee as client and the OT as provider.

Subjects - Subjects must be refugees, settled in the U.S. between one and five years, living in Northern California, and are not required to speak English.

Methods - The research will be a qualitative-descriptive study, using semi-structured interviews. Each participant will be interviewed for up to two hours, and will be asked a series of questions as guided by the P.E.O. model, targeting their occupational patterns and identifying changes in meaningful occupations due to the refugee process.

Potential Outcomes - In depth information about occupations through transition. The researchers expect to find variance in lifestyle adjustment and changes to meaningful occupations. This will inform OT interventions; maximizing their effectiveness and potentially decreasing ethical dilemmas for future refugees experiencing issues of occupational justice.