This dissertation reports the results of a cross-sectional investigation into the bicultural identity and Khmer language competence of Cambodian refugees (N = 41) deported to Cambodia by the United States government for committing an aggravated felony. This group was expected to have been an Americanized group as most arrived to the US before age 12 (S. Keo, personal communication 12/29/2009) and to manifest high rates of psychopathology secondary to war trauma under the Khmer Rouge and stressors from violent, poor US communities where they grew up (Marshall, Schell, Elliott, Berthold, & Chun, 2005). Differences in individuals' well-being and reported growth following deportation were expected to correlate with reported integration of internal ethnic identities and competence in Khmer (Cambodian) language. Results indicate limited relationships between main variables. Implications for future research are discussed.
|Commitee:||Beutler, Larry, Bongar, Bruce|
|School:||Palo Alto University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Asian Studies, Social work, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Americanized cambodian refugees, Biculturalism, Khmer language competence, Psychological adjustment|
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