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Healthy Aging

Research Team


Principal Investigator: Julie Tippens

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Office of Research and Economic Development—Grants-in-Aid

Award Date: Jan 1, 2017

End Date: Dec 31, 2017


This project investigates how Congolese refugees, particularly older refugees, are faring in Tanzania’s urban environments. Six of 10 refugees now live in cities — many lacking legal documentation — and the majority still live in countries of first asylum where they initially arrived after fleeing violence and unrest in their home countries.

Fifty Congolese refugees living in urban informal settlements in Dar es Salaam will be interviewed to document their stressors, coping strategies and social supports, and how coping strategies and preferred social supports differ by age.

Findings will be used to inform future research, as well as social support programming in East Africa and the United States.

The U.S. Department of State has prioritized more than 50,000 Congolese refugees for resettlement in America, and the Nebraska Refugee Resettlement Program already has begun receiving cases from refugees originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Psychosocial Development & Social-Emotional Learning

Julie Tippens, assistant professor of child, youth and family studies
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