Building Resilience in Transcultural Adolescents: An Evaluation of a Group Program

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This study investigates the effectiveness of Building Resilience in Transcultural Australians (BRiTA Futures) for Adolescents, a strengths-based group intervention developed to build the resilience of culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents who experience acculturation in the context of their migration and resettlement journey. The study examined the effectiveness of the intervention using qualitative and quantitative procedures. Two hundred and twenty-nine participants (age range 12-20 years) took part in the intervention, offered to them in 3 formats (weekly, over 4 weeks or 2-3 full days). They completed pre and post questionnaires measuring wellbeing and resilience associated with acculturation processes. A series of analyses of variances indicated an overall improvement in participants’ wellbeing and resilience associated with the acculturation process. However, this improvement was not influenced by the format of the intervention, gender, visa status (refugee versus migrant), or duration of stay in Australia. The qualitative data highlighted new skills learned by the participants as well areas for further improvements. The application of the intervention in school and community settings is discussed.

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Khawaja, N. G., & Ramirez, E. (2019). Building resilience in transcultural adolescents: An evaluation of a group program.  Journal of Child and Family Studies,  28(11), 2977-2987.

About This Study:

Intervention(s): Mental health and psychosocial support services, Strengths-Based Approaches
Intervention Duration: Up to 10 weeks
Relevant ORR Program: Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Preferred Communities, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Youth Mentoring
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Adolescents and/or Youth
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Multiple Regions

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