Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of International Affairs and Development

Degree Name



Africana Women's Studies

International Affairs and Development

First Advisor

Dr. Art Hansen

Second Advisor

Dr. Christopher Jespersen

Third Advisor

Dr. Joanne Rhone


The objective of this study was to determine whether programs in DeKalb County, Georgia, provided services that were relevant for successful resettlement of refugee women. Moreover, the principal goal of this study was to learn about the views of the women as to the barriers they faced and what factors were helping them achieve self-sufficiency. A comparative analysis was conducted on three of the largest refugee ethnic groups in DeKalb County: Vietnamese, Somalis and Bosnians. Using the theory of adaptation, the researcher investigated resettlement agencies and their role in assisting the refugee women in resettlement. The study examined the relationship among the services provided, the nutritional health status of refugee women served and the ability of the women to become functionally self-sufficient.

The conclusion drawn from the data collected consisting of structured questionnaires suggested that there was a need for more services especially designed for refugee women.