Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Psychological Science

Thesis Type

Honors College

First Advisor

Timothy Stickle

Second Advisor

Jeanne Shea

Third Advisor

Shamila Lekka


refugee, maternal, parent, community, strengths-based


The following exploratory correlational study examined the relationships among trauma severity, social support, and parenting self-efficacy in a sample of mothers who are refugees living in Vermont. Results showed a significant negative correlation between trauma and parenting efficacy, and suggested that trauma is differentially associated with parenting efficacy depending on social support. Analysis implicated collectivist social norms, family dynamics, coping mechanisms, and survivor mentality in the explanation of these patterns.

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