2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. April S. Masarik


Last year, the United States resettled 22,419 refugees across the country (Refugee Processing Center, 2019). Many of these refugees experience post-migration stress, which can impact their family relationships and overall wellbeing. Although there is current research involving refugees, the role of refugee fathers has been overlooked (Este & Tachble, 2009). Even though fathers typically play a secondary caretaker role in the family, they significantly influence their children’s development. We are interested in studying how both the stressors and supports of Congolese fathers impact their parenting and how this influences their children’s educational opportunities and social-emotional development. This is a qualitative and quantitative study using previously collected data and a new survey. Participation in this study allows refugee fathers an opportunity to voice their strengths and motivations as a father. Additionally, findings will provide new insight about existing and needed resources that are tailored to the needs of the fathers.