Monday, January 22, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

Presentation Explores Bosnian Refugees in St. Louis

The School of Social Service will hold a presentation of a study of the impact of war-related trauma on the acculturation process of Bosnian refugees in St. Louis. The presentation will be held Friday, March 26, in Carlo Auditorium of Tegeler Hall. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m., with the speaker presentation from 8 to 9 a.m.

Mary Crecelius Dugan, a Saint Louis University graduate, will lead the presentation. Dugan currently is employed by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH). In addition to working with trauma survivors, she has an extensive clinical background in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse. For the past seven years, Dugan has been involved with research and evaluation projects through the MIMH. Her research has included participation in the networks of refugee service providers in an effort to assess and develop services for refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Dugan will be accompanied by Rachel Kryah, MSW student ,and Lejla Susic, the interviewer for the study. The study was funded by the Center for Social Justice and conducted in collaboration with Cynthia Cook, Ph.D.

Cultural institutions were targeted and destroyed during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Communities and families were ruptured and hundreds of thousands of Bosnians were uprooted from their way of life. Estimates of the number of Bosnian-Herzegovina refugees in St. Louis vary from 30,000 to 50,000 and include approximately 500 survivors of the Srebrenica massacre. All of the refugees have been traumatized and experienced great loss.

Acculturation of New Americans is a complex process with outcomes that may facilitate or hinder their health and well being. Four widely recognized outcomes of the acculturation processes (Stephenson, 2000) are: (a) Integration; (b) Assimilation; (c) Marginalization; and (d) Separation.

Reserve your seat by Friday, March 19. For more information, contact Bridget Cole at (314) 977-3460 or

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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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