The purpose of this study was to understand the lived experiences of youth age 18 to 25 who previously migrated to the United States as unaccompanied alien children (UAC) age 17 and under. A total of 8 individuals were interviewed in-person and/or over-the-phone, using a qualitative interview guide with semi-structured questions and a self-administered survey.
The results of this study found that the majority of participants had been victims of violent acts and/or had witnessed violence in their country of origin which caused them to flee to the United States. Moreover, upon arrival to this country, participants were able to receive at least one service such as medical assistance, legal assistance and/or mental health services. As they transitioned into adulthood, the services they received slightly declined, but many remained hopeful for their future. Implications for research, policy and practice that will improve migrant youth’s wellbeing are discussed.
|Commitee:||Potts, Marilyn, Brocato, Jo|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Developmental psychology, Ethnic studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Migrant youth, Unaccompanied alien child, Unaccompanied minors, Unaccompanied undocumented minors, Unaccompanied youth|
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