This investigation examined the relationship between multiple losses and mental health in refugees. More specifically, the researcher examined the hypothesized directional relationship between adult refugees' loss distress and their identity distress, trauma symptoms, and family functioning. The investigation was cross-sectional, and the researcher used questionnaires for data collection. The researcher conducted descriptive analyses and used Partial Least Squares (PLS-SEM) to assess the investigation's hypotheses. The final sample size for this investigation was 330 participants (men, n = 189; women, n = 136; other genders, n = 4). Participants' ages ranged from 19 to 72 years old (M = 34.3, SD = 8.3). The study findings supported the hypotheses and indicated that higher loss distress was associated with increased trauma symptoms (f2 = 0.925), identity distress (f2 = 0.682), and family dysfunction (f2 = 0.036). The researcher emphasized the critical need to develop tailored counseling interventions that specifically target loss as a significant factor in predicting mental health issues within the refugee population. Furthermore, the researcher underscored the importance of conducting further research studies to explore the profound effects of multiple losses experienced by refugees on their mental health.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
Counselor Education and School Psychology
Education; Counselor Education
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Fakhro, Dania, "Investigating the Role of Loss in Refugee Mental Health: Exploration through the Lens of Ambiguous Loss Theory" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1831.