Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser


Immigrant and refugee youth are in our schools in greater numbers than ever. Educators are required to educate all students to the same standards, even though they have often been exposed to violence and other difficulties throughout their journey to a new home. Many continue to face many on-going barriers as they arrive in our schools. Although this population is resilient and has many strengths, for some the burden of trauma is overwhelming, threatening their mental health and school performance. A small percentage of these students are unable to cope and make devastating, life-ending decisions. Schools with large numbers of refugee students in Nebraska are addressing the mental health needs of these youth with a variety of programming. Thirty-nine immigrant and refugee students in the research district were identified based upon past trauma, recommendations of school staff and parental reports for involvement in a short-term school-based intervention of cognitive behavioral therapy…


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2018 Anne Marie Boose.

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