Psychosocial issues of the Syrian Refugee College Students in Turkey

Erdur Baker, Özgür
Özmen, Onur
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15th European Congress of Psychology 2017, ( 11 - 14 July 2017)


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Ö. Erdur Baker and O. Özmen, “Psychosocial issues of the Syrian Refugee College Students in Turkey,” presented at the 15th European Congress of Psychology 2017, ( 11 - 14 July 2017), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: