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Community Gardening: a Novel Intervention for Bhutanese Refugees Living in the USA

Description: Since 2008, the United States (USA) has resettled thousands of Bhutanese refugees, providing brief financial support and pathways to citizenship. Despite the efforts of governing bodies and voluntary agencies which facilitate resettlement, many refugees struggle with adapting to the vastly different lifestyle, economy, language and social structures. In particular, effectively addressing psychological needs of this population is a challenge for service providers operating within an expensive health care system based on Western constructs of mental health. In response to this challenge, refugee resettlement agencies throughout the country use community gardens to promote psychological healing, self-sufficiency, community engagement, and a return of human dignity. Though success of these programs is being shared in the media, there has yet to be empirical data examining their impact. The current study tested whether Bhutanese refugee engagement in a community garden impacts symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and somatic complaints. The study also investigated whether community gardening is associated with perceptions of social support and adjustment to life in the United States. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected from 50 adult Bhutanese refugees in Fort Worth, Texas. Gardening was significantly related to increased social support overall, a key factor in overall functionality within communal cultures; and specifically perceived tangible support was increased. A significant effect of gardening was also found for adjustment. Although a significant effect was not found for psychological and somatic symptoms, there is still evidence of effects on somatic complaints. Varying results from quantitative and qualitative data warrant further investigation into the nuanced work of clinical research and advocacy with refugee populations.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Gerber, Monica M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Community-based Participatory Research: HIV in African American Men Who Have Sex with Men

Description: To date, traditional behavioral interventions have done little to reduce the prevalence and transmission of HIV among African American men who have sex with men (AAMSM), a highly at risk group. Some researchers theorize that the lack of success may be because these interventions do not address contextual factors among AAMSM. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is one approach to research with the potential to lead to effective interventions in the future. CBPR is a collaborative, mixed-methods and multidisciplinary, approach to scientific inquiry, which is conducted with, and within, the community. The current study follows the CBPR approach to engage and develop a relationship with the African American communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Contextual issues were discussed in order to identify emerging themes regarding HIV health related issues among AAMSM to provide the groundwork for continued CBPR research and future interventions with AAMSM in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. To accomplish this goal, researchers began the CBPR process by conducting interviews and focus groups with a sample of approximately 62 (34 from key informant interviews, 28 from focus groups [gender balanced]) AIDS service organization leaders and workers, advocates, medical doctors and community members with first-hand knowledge of HIV health issues in the AAMSM community. Transcripts of these interviews and focus groups were analyzed to identify emerging themes at the societal (religious doctrine, African American Culture, age-related norms and stigma), community (education, religious views/policy and community norms) and individual (disclosure, personal identity, sexual behavior/risk, accessing care and communication) levels. This data was used to create a holistic narrative report that will be used to direct the community advisory board (CAB) and guide future research and interventions.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Miller, James MS
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Needs and Resources of International Torture Survivors Living in the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex: an Investigation of Healing and Assimilation Perceived by Center for Survivors of Torture’s Clients and Staff As Well As the Greater Resettlement Community

Description: Torture survivors find difficulty navigating through an unfamiliar healthcare and social service system. Many survivors who already face Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression also endure a secondary threat which leads to re-traumatization through the struggles of acculturation. The aim of this study is to determine: 1. Identify differences and assumptions between service providers’ and clients’ definitions of self-sufficiency; 2. Examine prominent barriers to self-sufficiency that survivors encounter; 3. Pinpoint the survival strategies that survivors use in order to cope with life in DFW; 4. Determine what resources CST staff, area service providers, and survivors feel need to be improved for CST and the DFW metroplex.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Trubits, Ryan J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Development of IAM District Lodge 776 in Fort Worth, Texas, 1942-1946: A Case Study in the Growth of Organized Labor During World War II

Description: This thesis concentrates on a local union of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 776, of Fort Worth, Texas, during the war years. The main argument of the thesis runs along three basic lines. First, it demonstrates that the experiences of the Fort Worth Machinists clearly fit into the national labor movement during the war years. Second, it argues that the existence, survival, and strength of the union depended greatly on outside forcesan expanding national economy, a powerful national union, and a generally labor-friendly government. Third, it shows that union officers and rank-and-file members used their bases of strengththe national economy, the national IAM, and the federal governmentto build an effective local labor organization.
Date: August 1999
Creator: White, Kirk
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Script: Coaches]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Fort Worth high school football coaches meeting before the season begins.
Date: August 27, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Constitution Party Names Candidates]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the Constitution Party's national convention, ending in the nomination of T. Coleman Andrews as its presidential candidate.
Date: August 28, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: City Council]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a code implemented by the city council to tear down or repair slum housing.
Date: August 1, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Coke Truck Accident]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a truck laden with Coca-Cola collided with a panel truck. 960 bottles of soda spilled into an intersection.
Date: August 19, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Finnegan]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Joseph Finnegan of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service visiting Fort Worth.
Date: August 13, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Traffic Snarled in 5-Vehicle Accident]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a five-car accident on Fort Worth's North-South freeway. Vehicles were barely damaged and no one was hurt significantly, but traffic was backed up for miles.
Date: August 23, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Refugee]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a survivor of the Andrea Doria ship disaster and a refugee from Casablanca, Morocco, named Myriam Dahan.
Date: August 2, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Rooster]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a rooster with horns.
Date: August 1, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Cycle Race]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about J. H. Mangham's plans to break the 210 mile per hour speed record on his motorcycle.
Date: August 12, 1956
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Popped chopper]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a pilot who had a machine explode during a engine roundup. He is in critical condition.
Date: August 25, 1964
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Post Office mailsters]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the Fort Worth post office receiving three motor scooters for their mail carriers.
Date: August 23, 1957
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Parade]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a parade in Richardson to mark the beginning of the 35th annual Richardson Community fair.
Date: August 10, 1960
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections