Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

The Study of Adolescent Lives after Migration to America (SALaMA) is a mixed-methods study being conducted by Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, in partnership with QFI. The study seeks to assess the mental health and psychosocial well-being of high school students (age 13 years and older) resettled to the U.S. from Arab-majority countries. It also aims to identify the sources of daily stress in these students’ lives and the corresponding support mechanisms available to them. The study will not only generate important estimates about the needs of this growing subpopulation, it will also produce insight into their means of resilience and the best practices taken by schools, communities, and parents to support students as they adjust to life in America. Data collection is underway in Harrisonburg, VA, and Austin, TX, with more sites to be confirmed. SALaMA may also expand internationally to look at how similar groups of students are resettling in other countries across the world.