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作者 Black, Aida Elizondo
書名 The separation and reunification of recently immigrated Mexican families
國際標準書號 9780542409073
book jacket
說明 233 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-11, Section: B, page: 6262
Adviser: Augustine Baron
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Walden University, 2005
Parents often precede their children during immigration, and little is known about the impact of family separation and reunification. The main question explored in this study was: How does the separation and subsequent reunification impact Mexican immigrant family members after parents have immigrated and left their children behind in order to make a better life? Three theories guided the study: acculturation, family systems, and attachment. This qualitative study used the narrative method of inquiry to describe the experiences of separation and reunification of recently immigrated Mexican families. Six Mexican families (10 adults and 12 children) participated in individual in-depth interviews. Individual and family narratives were constructed and cross-narrative analysis yielded common themes. Immigration profoundly disrupted attachment relationships that are essential to meet family members' needs for love and security. Separation of families as a result of immigration was stressful for all family members and frequently strained family ties. However, parents saw sacrifice as a way of making a better life for their children. When reunited, parents tried to reestablish a connection with their children. Most children were nervous and scared on their first day of school and found it difficult to adapt to a different school system. Learning a new language was a major barrier for these families. Communities lack the knowledge and information to help immigrant families with the process of reunification. For immigrant children to succeed in school, parents must be included in their education and the needs of all family members must be addressed by developing educational and counseling programs. Professional development programs should require Spanish language training and knowledge of Mexican culture
School code: 0543
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-11B
主題 Psychology, Clinical
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Alt Author Walden University
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