Social work with Bosnian Muslim refugee children and families: a review of the literature

Child Welfare. 2005 Sep-Oct;84(5):607-30.


More than two million Bosnian Muslims were ethnically cleansed in the Balkan region; of these, 200,000 were killed while the others were forced to flee their homes and become refugees. This article focuses on the influence of societal and cultural values coupled with wartime experiences on the transition of Bosnian refugee families to their new countries. Consideration is given to culturally competent theoretical frameworks and practice principles social workers can use to assist Bosnian Muslim children and families in their adaptation process within their resettlement communities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina / ethnology
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Family / ethnology*
  • Family / psychology
  • Humans
  • Islam / psychology*
  • Refugees / psychology*
  • Social Values
  • Social Work*
  • Survival
  • Warfare