Zainah is a 23-year-old who recently migrated from Syria with her 3-year-old son, Adnan, and husband, Sayid. The family was forced out of their homeland due to war over 3 years ago. Initially, they were able to stay with relatives and then spent almost 18 months in a refugee camp. They are newly settled in Minneapolis where they have some extended family and are connected to the broader Syrian community. Zainah is not working and spends her days at home with Adnan, although recently she has been leaving the house to meet other young mothers from the Syrian community who gather at each other’s homes during the days.
As Zainah has been spending more time with other mothers with young children, she has become concerned about Adnan’s slow speech development. Adnan becomes sad and gets frustrated when he cannot express himself. Zainah’s friend, Sarah, who also has a 3-year-old daughter, was the first person she talked to about her worries. Sarah has encouraged Zainah to take Adnan to the doctor to be evaluated. She has been reluctant to do so because she struggles with English, is uncomfortable talking with the doctor, and overall finds the health-care and social service system overwhelming. Sarah, who has been in the United States since she was 7, speaks English fluently. She has offered to go with Zainah to the doctor to serve as a translator.
Which Protective Factors Are Presenting in the Scenario?
Correct. Zainah appears to be a concerned mother who spends a lot of time with her child.
Correct. Zainah recognized that Adnan is developing slower than his peers and discussed her concerns with other mothers in her circle. However, Zainah needs to overcome her fears of taking Adnan to the doctor. It is a way of demonstrating her love.
Correct. Zainah and her family were able to persevere after experiencing war, the loss of their home, and tremendous transitions in their lives.
Correct. Zainah has supports from her husband, Sayid; her extended family; her friend Sarah; and the broader Syrian community.
Correct. Zainah received housing from her extended family when they transitioned to the United States. Also, her friend Sarah has offered to be a translator when Zainah takes Adnan to the doctor.
Incorrect. Adnan becomes sad and frustrated when he can’t express himself. How can Zainah and Sayid help Adnan’s social and emotional needs?
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