Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Kyeonghee Jang

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Stephen Baldridge

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Heather Melchor


ABSTRACT This exploratory study aims to explore the unknown needs among the unaccompanied youth population within a small urban community in West Texas. This cross-sectional study surveyed a convenience sample of 10 unaccompanied youth attending school within an independent school district. Data were collected using a social worker’s case load during the spring semester of 2020, during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Findings showed a certain level of need within this community, such as emergency shelters and further research on food insecurity for this population. This implies the need for practice and policy on multiple levels to help this population who is particularly vulnerable in times of crisis. It is observed in the literature that communities should provide comprehensive wraparound care instituted for this population if they do not currently do so. Although the research intended to uncover many unknown needs of this population, the study sample was small and was not representative of the population. Further research on the needs of this population is recommended using a more rigorous research method in a more stable and predictable time of normal social interactions and functioning.

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