Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Biculturalism, Khmer language competence & psychological adjustment in Americanized Cambodian refugees following deportation
by Ayhens-Johnson, Knute, Ph.D., Palo Alto University, 2012, 143; 3591785
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Field, Nigel
Commitee: Beutler, Larry, Bongar, Bruce
School: Palo Alto University
Department: Psychology
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
Publication Number: 3591785
ISBN: 978-1-303-32503-8
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