Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parental input: Exploring intergenerational transmission of trauma in first generation Somali young men
by Lewis, Melville A., Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2016, 131; 10141199
Abstract (Summary)

With the outbreak of civil war in Somalia in the late eighties and early nineties, many Somali fled the country, often with young children in tow. This study used a qualitative method of individual interviews to explored the current ideology and socio-structural living situation of 8 Somali male youth 18 -23. This research focuses on exploring the social-psychological interactions between Somali refugees with forced migration experiences and their American born sons. This exploration was in service of determining trauma symptomology in the offspring of refugees with forced migration experiences. Participants completed measures of trauma-transmitted symptomology measuring, intrusion, avoidance and hyperarousal, as well as measures recording Primary Care Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, (PC-PTSD). The PC-PTSD scale is currently in use by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Participants were interviewed in English, and queried about subjects such as; initial knowledge of parents’ refugee status, knowledge of parent’s past trauma, current relationship with parents, and their views on how Somali’s refugee history might affect male Somali youth today. Data gathered from this study was analyzed using five multilayered stages according to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The results of this study uncovered concurrent themes among the participants to include: Communication, Transformative Identities, Faith, Acculturation/Integration, and Familial Ties. The results of this study revealed that a consistent optimistic family and community narrative was able to positively influence the current and future narratives and ideology of the youth studied. These findings coincide with Bowen’s theory of self-differentiation, and positive coping methodology (Gialadi & Bell, 2012).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Curtis-Boles, Harriet
Commitee: Connor, Michael, Jibril, Ahmed K.
School: Alliant International University
Department: San Francisco, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African Studies, Social psychology, Sociology
Keywords: First generation, Intergenerational transmission of trauma, Protracted situation, Refugee, Somali, Youth
Publication Number: 10141199
ISBN: 9781339965949
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