Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Scott

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Tom Winter

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Derran Reese


The purpose of this study is to assess perceived social and cultural integration among African refugee students participating in the IRC’s youth programs and those students who do not. The study looks at refugee students from a local high school in a small rural town. The sample population (n=20) were from four different Sub-Saharan African countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. The data were collected using an online survey that consisted of two scales, one for measuring social support and one for measuring acculturation. An Independent Samples t-test analysis was run to compare the IRC participants and the non-IRC participant scores. Results show that IRC participants have slightly higher social support and social integration while non-participants have slightly higher marginalization, separation, and assimilation scores. Although there is a small means difference, results show no significance.

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