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McNair Scholar 2013Keng Xiong

Keng Xiong is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in family social science with a minor in family violence prevention. His research interests revolve around parent child relationships in immigrant and refugee families. Mr. Xiong plans on getting his Ph.D. in family science.

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My dream is to receive a Ph.D. in the social sciences and research parent-child relationships. I want to help the families of today find a better tomorrow.

Research project

Financial Strength and Challenges in Refugee Families

Abstract: Financial practices of immigrant and refugee families are a concern. They are left with the challenge of navigating new economic practices different from their own. However, little is known about the financial behaviors and practices of immigrant and refugee families. Based on key informant interviews with community-based professionals working with refugee and immigrant populations, this research will examine: (1) financial strengths and challenges experienced by immigrants and refugee families, and (2) financial education programs and resources available to these families and to determine if there is a need for more or different resources and what those might be. Key informant interview revealed four areas in which immigrant and refugee families face challenges as they arrive in the United States: 1) language, 2) housing, 3) financial practices, and 4) employment. Community cohesiveness emerged as another theme rom the key informant interviews. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Catherine Solheim is currently an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Solheim attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Ph. D. in family social science in 1990. Her research specializes in the financial practices of immigrant and refugee families. Solheim's work is published in numerous research journals and has presented her work at many conferences.