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The adaptive problems of female teenage refugees and their behavioral adjustment methods for coping

Authors Mhaidat F

Received 18 June 2015

Accepted for publication 7 December 2015

Published 28 April 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 95—103

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S90718

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman


Fatin Mhaidat

Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan

Abstract: This study aimed at identifying the levels of adaptive problems among teenage female refugees in the government schools and explored the behavioral methods that were used to cope with the problems. The sample was composed of 220 Syrian female students (seventh to first secondary grades) enrolled at government schools within the Zarqa Directorate and who came to Jordan due to the war conditions in their home country. The study used the scale of adaptive problems that consists of four dimensions (depression, anger and hostility, low self-esteem, and feeling insecure) and a questionnaire of the behavioral adjustment methods for dealing with the problem of asylum. The results indicated that the Syrian teenage female refugees suffer a moderate degree of adaptation problems, and the positive adjustment methods they have used are more than the negatives.

Keywords: adaptive problems, female teenage refugees, behavioral adjustment

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