A Systematic Review of Social Service Programs Serving Refugees
refugee, forced migration, social service, casework, systematic review
Purpose: The global forced migration crisis calls for responsive, research-supported social services. This systematic review examines available research on social service programs implemented with refugees worldwide. Methods: Through accessing academic databases, reviewing article reference lists and websites, and contacting experts, we identified 1,402 sources, 68 of which met review inclusion criteria and were selected for analysis. Results: Studies were conducted primarily in high-income countries (n = 57). Programs examined were related to general adaptation (n = 13), relationships (n = 20), financial and employment support (n = 15), or a specific area such as sport or gardening (n = 20). Few studies used pre–post (n = 6) or experimental designs (n = 1), and in a majority of studies, the theory underlying the intervention was not specified (n = 41). Discussion: Additional research is needed to better understand social service programming with refugees, particularly in understudied contexts.
Original Publication Citation
Shaw, S. A., & Funk, M. (2019). A Systematic Review of Social Service Programs Serving Refugees. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(8), 847–862.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Shaw, Stacey A. and Funk, Mallory, "A Systematic Review of Social Service Programs Serving Refugees" (2019). Faculty Publications. 3998.
Research on Social Work Practice
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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