My ongoing research involves implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of large-scale randomized interventions. We evaluate a social cohesion program that aims to foster perspective taking among Turkish and Syrian children, and to mitigate the violence and social exclusion faced by refugee children in the school environment.
Building Social Cohesion in Ethnically Mixed Schools: An Intervention on Perspective Taking
(with Sule Alan, Ceren Baysan, and Elif Kubilay)
Since the beginning of the Syrian War in 2011, Turkey has received over 3.5 million Syrian refugees, including nearly 1 million children. Syrian refugee children face social exclusion and in-school violence. Socially excluded individuals are less likely to exhibit pro-social attributes. These outcomes may justify even further social exclusion and inter-group violence. This study evaluates a unique educational intervention that aims to facilitate integration.