Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Cassandra White

Second Advisor

Steven Black

Third Advisor

Jennifer Patico

Abstract

Many refugees, especially children, have experienced trauma related to war or persecution that may affect their mental and physical health long after the events have occurred. These traumatic events may occur while the refugees are in their country of origin, during displacement from their own country, or in the resettlement process in the US. This study aims to investigate the mechanisms associated with childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences among refugee communities living in Clarkston, Georgia. This is accomplished through measuring multiple indicators of psychosocial stress of parents in conjunction with other factors including cultural habits and access to facilities, income and socioeconomic factors, medical support, and social and governmental support.

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