Interventions targeting the wellbeing of migrant youths: a systematic review of the literature

Heyeres, Marion, Perera, Nirushki, Udah, Hyacinth, Attakey, Akpene, Whiteside, Mary, and Tsey, Komla (2021) Interventions targeting the wellbeing of migrant youths: a systematic review of the literature. SAGE Open, 11 (3).

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Migration can affect the physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing of individuals and families. This study provides an overview of interventions aimed at improving the wellbeing of young migrants. It identifies knowledge gaps and provides direction for future research. The review process comprises a systematic search of six academic databases, and websites for relevant peer-reviewed and gray literature on the topic. A total of 2,911 records were identified, of which 28 studies met our eligibility criteria for inclusion. Thematic analysis comprised of the description of study characteristics and outcome themes. EPHPP and CASP tools were utilized to assess the methodological quality of studies. The review findings indicate a number of approaches with varying effectivity, however, arts, music, and sports programs showed good results for youth across all migrant groups. Our findings call for further and more high-quality evaluation research, with longitudinal designs that ideally include stakeholder collaboration.

Item ID: 71249
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2158-2440
Keywords: interventions, young people, migrant, refugee, wellbeing
Copyright Information: Creative Commons CC BY: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 22:04
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services @ 34%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 33%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services @ 33%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200505 Migrant health @ 100%
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