Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of Acculturation Resiliency Factors of Iranian, Iraqi, and Afghan Refugees
by Mahdavi, Annahita , Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020, 111; 27960463
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate the acculturation experiences and resiliency factors of three immigrant groups—Iranians, Iraqis, and Afghans—in the United States. Extant research has not yet addressed the efficacy of resiliency factors in protecting against the acculturative stressors these immigrant groups experience in the host country. This study included 12 participants, two female and two male participants from each community, selected based on inclusion criteria including lack of psychological disorder and holding a job and/or an academic degree. The interview process consisted of 33 questions, to which participants’ responses provided information about commonalities among the three groups with regard to acculturation experiences. The participants’ narratives indicated commonalities in the resiliency factors used to counter acculturation stressors, as well as patterns of social and community support, interpersonal skills, and upbringing. The findings also indicate shared difficulties and challenges pertaining to acculturative stressors—such as homesickness, depression, anxiety, and facing discrimination at work, school, or in society as a whole—and common patterns of coping mechanisms used in the face of stressors and challenges, including faith, spirituality, family support, and focus on goals. These results regarding acculturation resiliency factors among immigrants and refugees can be implemented in federal and state aid programs, and most importantly, applied to clinical approaches for refugee and immigrant populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez, Patricia
Commitee: Johnathan, Naveen, Mahdi, Ali Akbar
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: International Psychology: Trauma Services Concentration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Social psychology, Social research
Keywords: Acculturation, Adjustment experience, Immigration, Psychological trauma, Resilience, Resilient person
Publication Number: 27960463
ISBN: 9798662403055
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