Wednesday, January 24, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

A Qualitative Study of Bosnian Refugees in St. Louis

University of Missouri assistant professor Stephanie DiPietro is conducting a research about the adaptation experiences of Bosnian refugees in St. Louis and is inviting you to participate. The primary purposes of the study are to examine how Bosnian refugees’ migration and adaptation experiences have impacted 1) their family organization and dynamics; 2) their involvement with the local community; and 3) their experience (both direct and indirect) with crime and substance use.

Your ParticipationI am requesting that you please take part in my study by answering questions related to your experiences and perceptions. The interview should take about an hour to 90 minutes to complete. Your participation is completely voluntary. You may consent to an interview, or you may choose not to participate. If you choose not to take part, there will be no penalty and we will be done immediately. If you decide to participate, you may end the interview at any point for any reason. Ending the interview will lead to no penalty. You may also refuse to answer any questions you do not want to answer and still remain in the study. Approximately 30 individuals may be involved in this research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

I request that you allow me to audio record the interview with a digital recorder. This audio file will then be transcribed. No information that can directly identify you will be placed on the audio file or the transcript. The only identifying information on the audio file will be a random number, which I will assign to you. The only record linking the information that can directly identify you will be viewed only by me, and will be destroyed upon completion of this research. The digital file containing the audio recording and the digital file containing the transcription will be password protected. The hard copy of the interview will be stored in a locked filing cabinet in a locked office. Only I, the researcher, and the transcriber will have access to the recordings and the transcriptions. While I plan to use the data from this project for educational and publication purposes, I will do all that is legally in my power not to publicly identify you (or anyone you mention) by name. If you choose to participate, you have the right to review and/or edit the audio recording. The audio files will be permanently deleted following the conclusion of the study.

Study Risks

There are certain risks and discomforts that may be associated with this research. There is a possibility of emotional discomfort. Should any occur, you can choose not to answer any question, you may withdraw from the interview at any time, and/or you may ask for the interview to be deleted. Because you may be discussing crime, there is some risk to your social and legal standing. However, I will do everything in my power to protect your confidentiality.

Study Benefits

There are also benefits to taking part in this research. The opportunity to share activities with researchers has been found, in previous research of this sort, to be helpful for many individuals. This is especially so because researchers may be able to put participants in contact with and/or provide information related to opportunities such as education and employment. Your participation may also have social benefits, as the information derived from this research will be used to generate knowledge about the barriers faced by some refugees to successful adaptation. This knowledge, in turn, can be used to inform intervention strategies and programs aimed at helping refugee populations relocate.

You will be offered $20.00 for participation in the study. Payment will be made at the conclusion of the interview.

If at any time you have any questions about this research, please pose them to me. If questions arise after I have completed the interview, you may call me at (314) 516-5038 or email me at


Stephanie DiPietro received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2010. Her research focuses primarily on the adaptation outcomes of immigrant youth, with a particular emphasis on violence and delinquency. Dr. DiPietro is currently using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) to examine the role of family and peer processes in explanations of immigrant criminality. She is also interested in race-ethnicity, ecological theories of crime, and the intersection of individual and neighborhood characteristics.

About The Author


The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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