Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Community-Based Parenting Support Intervention for Refugee Parents from Burma

Sarah J. Hoffman, Alexis Walstad, Julyna Law Law Loo, Moses Moe, Josalyza Thao, Arian Albert, Michelle A. Mathiason, Carolyn M. Porta

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Refugee families negotiate stressors as they adjust to communities of resettlement, which can result in shifting family dynamics. The purpose of this community-engaged, explanatory, mixed-methods pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a culturally oriented, community-based parenting curriculum. Through a partnership with a prominent refugee-serving organization, the curriculum was delivered to 50 Karen refugee mothers and fathers of adolescent youth resettled in the United States. Results demonstrated the potential for impact on key constructs of family adaptability and cohesion, as well as parent self-efficacy. Participants were highly engaged with the program and attrition was low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-58
Number of pages13
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Author Affiliations: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Drs Hoffman and Porta, and Mss Thao, Albert, and Mathiason); and Karen Organization of Minnesota, Roseville (Mss Walstad and Loo and Mr Moe). Research reported in this article was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award no. UL1TR000114. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. All authors have no conflicts of interest to report. Correspondence: Sarah J. Hoffman, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, Department of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 308 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (hoff0742@umn.edu). Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000244


  • Karen refugee
  • community-engaged research
  • family functioning
  • mixed methods
  • parenting

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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