Type: Research

Pre/Post Migration Stressors of Arab Refugee Families

Research
This study identifies the pre and post migration stressors faced by Arab refugees in Canada. It looks at the pre-migration stressors, which influence their self-concept and interpersonal relationships with immediate and extended family members. These can also affect their sense of belonging to their ethnic, national, religious or cultural groups as well as their relationships with individuals in Canada. In addition, it provides insight on post-migration challenges that influence traditional family structure and gender-roles and may create a shift within family dynamics that inhibits their ability to adapt to the new culture.

Arab Family Strengths in Qatar, Jordan and Tunisia

Research
This study identifies the characteristics of strong Arab families and how they rely on their strengths as individuals, families, and members of larger communities to overcome common challenges. It aims to establish a baseline for future studies from other Arab countries on the characteristics of strong families as well as serving as a valuable resource that enables a rich understanding of specific types of support related to employment, income, housing, transport, and education.

Work-Family Balance in Qatar

Research
The overall objective of this project is to identify the challenges and experiences of working parents in Qatar and to provide evidence to examine existing work-family balance policies in Qatar. It covers issues related to parenting, parental/marital satisfaction, leave policies, and the overall wellbeing of working parents and provides evidence for policy recommendations on how to enhance work-family balance.

State of the Marriage in the Arab World – Reports Series

Research
This is the first in a series of report on the Family in the Arab World aimed at increasing the knowledge base on the Arab family. The purpose of the first series is conducting a systematic review and critical analysis of the literature on types, trends and current state of the institution of marriage in the Arab World. It covers multiple topics including marriage and migrations, delayed marriage, societal changes in attitudes toward marriage in the Arab World and presents recommendations that support strong, healthy families.

Wellbeing of Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research
This project looks into the impact of having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on family wellbeing in Qatar and identifies the challenges facing these families and ways to support them. Although family plays a significant role in supporting individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across their lifespan, the wellbeing of these families rarely takes center stage in either research or policy arenas. In fact, most of the research and policies on ASD focus on the needs of individuals, while the needs of families are seldom addressed. A better understanding of the wellbeing of families of individuals living with ASD in Qatar should contribute to the development of effective policies.