Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is the Experience of Albanian-Americans' Bicultural Lifestyle? A Heuristic Inquiry
by Lumaj, Blerina, Psy.D., Michigan School of Professional Psychology, 2017, 163; 10636928
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study explored the question, What is the experience of Albanian Americans’ bicultural lifestyle? The heuristic research method was utilized to explore and better understand the phenomenon presented, as well as the primary researcher’s personal experience. In this study, literature relevant to the research topic is included which contains information on Albania, reasons why Albanians immigrate, Albanian in the United States, global immigration challenges, acculturation, racism, prejudice, and discrimination, cultural trauma, and mental health and immigration. This study included 12 co-researchers that identified as Albanian-Americans who were willing to share their experience of living a bicultural lifestyle. Individual and detailed portraits of three co-researchers is included as well as a composite description of an Albanian-Americans experience of their bicultural lifestyle integrated with the primary researcher’s personal experience. Five common themes were identified: gratitude, sacrifice and separation, culture clash, discrimination, cultural preservation, and acceptance of the new culture. Finally, in this study is included a creative synthesis of the phenomenon explored as well as a correlation of the research findings with the literature review, trustworthiness, and applications for future studies, as well as the clinical, social, and personal relevance. This study will be beneficial to Albanian-Americans, psychologists, social workers, counselors, doctors, educators, law enforcements, and society in general.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Ann
Commitee: Gaines, La-Toya, Litos, Zana
School: Michigan School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-B 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Albanian-American, Bicultural, Culture, Immigrants, Resilience, Trauma
Publication Number: 10636928
ISBN: 9780355362435
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