In this webinar Susan Brigham and Marwa Khobieh share findings from their study with Arabic-speaking refugee youth and their mothers who participated in focus group interviews to explore their perceptions and experiences of trauma and developing coping skills as they settle in the Greater Toronto Area. The youth highlighted issues related to school and peer-relationships, while mothers emphasized relationships with husbands and work outside the home. The mother-child relationship is central for preventive mental health interventions, while fun, active youth-focused programs and women-focused activities help to address tensions and promote positive mental health outcomes. The role of cultural community organizations is vital for settlement, even more so during the pandemic.
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