Effectiveness of psychological interventions on young refugees' social adjustment: a meta-analysis

Ahmadi Forooshani, Sayedhabibilah and Izadikhah, Zahra and Renzaho, Andre M. N. and O'Connor, Peter J. (2019) Effectiveness of psychological interventions on young refugees' social adjustment: a meta-analysis. Journal of Refugee Studies. ISSN 0951-6328


Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of existing psychological interventions on the social adjustment of young refugees. From 51 peer-reviewed articles identified in the literature, 11 studies with 25 therapeutic effect sizes met criteria for inclusion (N = 1736 individuals). Hedges’s g was used to measure effect sizes, and a random-effects model was conducted. The number of sessions and participant age were considered as potential moderator variables in moderator analyses through meta-regression. The effect sizes of the included studies were compared based on the type of intervention. The results showed that the aggregated effect size for all included interventions was significant, computed as g = 0.14, p < 0.01, 95% CI [0.06, 0.21]. The effect size is considered small, based on Cohen's (1992) guidelines. The results of the meta-regression showed that the effectiveness of the included psychological interventions on social adjustment was not moderated by either number of sessions (b = 0.006 p = .035), or age (b = -0.008, p = .59). Furthermore, there were no significant differences between different therapeutic approaches (Q = 7.37, df (Q) = 6; p = .28). This meta-analysis demonstrates that mental health interventions in young refugees mildly improve their social adjustment. Due to the importance of social adjustment in refugees, we suggest that existing interventions place greater specific focus on improving social adjustment. The details of implications for future studies are discussed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Acceptance date: 2019-04-09. Restricted access to Accepted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 03:28
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 06:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: young refugees, meta-analysis, psychological interventions, social adjustment, trauma
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fez035
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36289

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