Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Lilian Magalhaes


This study seeks to explore the resilience and settlement of refugee youth through critical narrative. Objectives of this study are: (1) to explore the facilitators and barriers of the resettlement phase of youth refugees and to identify ways in which services and policies can better facilitate youth refugees' successful transitions to Ontario, Canada, according to the teenagers themselves and, (2) to explore in brief youth refugees' health status throughout the resettlement process, according to their own perspectives. This study explores the literature to date of refugee youth and settlement issues, assesses the pros and cons of the use of visual methodologies, specifically the use of body mapping with refugee youth, presents critical narratives of the participants, and provides implications for further research and practice. Findings suggest that time for body mapping interviews was greater than envisioned; there were no major health concerns among participants and; education, relationships with family and friends, faith, and hope for the future are key contributors to the resilience of refugee youth.



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