Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christine Heifner Graor

First Reader

Dr. Annette Mitzel

Second Reader

Jennifer Magee



Problem: The number of refugee and displaced people in the United States (US) increases annually. Because of trauma in countries of origin, they may have mental health problems and disrupted adjustments during resettlement, resulting in problems with refugee adolescents and their quality of life, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and overall well-being.

Purpose: To describe and appraise evidence about the effects of psychosocial interventions in refugee adolescents resettled in the US.

Methods: Studies from US, Canada, and the United Kingdom (UK) were identified in four databases. Inclusion criteria included: primary studies, children and/or adolescents, psychosocial health interventions, and refugees.

Review of the Literature: Regardless of displaced country, collective-based interventions positively affect mental health, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and quality of life in displaced children and adolescents.

Importance to nursing: Nurses care for individuals with impaired health conditions and they promote health and quality of life. Thus psychosocial interventions adapted to this specific population are imperative for nurses to provide effective care.