Strengths And Challenges Of New Immigrant Families

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Immigration to America is an issue that often sparks intense emotional reactions_from passion and compassion to anger and even rage. Often missing from the dialogue, however, is discussion of the strengths of immigrant newcomers_the abilities and positive characteristics they bring as individuals and families to our country, and how these contribute to the agency, growth, and vitality of America. This book was intended to move the discussion of immigration, generally speaking, and of immigrant families specifically, to include how and in what ways new immigrants to America (those arriving within the past thirty years) have changed the social and geocultural landscape of this country in positive, beneficial, and valuable ways. The book is comprised of nineteen chapters written by scholars with expertise on immigrant families representing every corner of the globe_from Africa and India to Europe and Central America. In each chapter, the unique factors, processes, and worldviews which help shape and mold the immigrant experience are articulated, as are the strengths immigrant newcomers bring to America. In addition, beyond explicating the strengths of immigrant families, each of the nineteen contributing chapters focuses on the implications of these strengths for families, communities, and the culture. Thus, the book provides a springboard from which to answer the application and 'what now' questions for those who work with immigrant families in a variety of capacities_from academicians and researchers to educators and human-service providers.

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Editorial Reviews

Great Plains Research
Strengths and Challenges of New Immigrant Families is a multidisiplinary compendium of articles and essays about immigrants and refugee families....One value of the book is the inclusion of research on a number of understudied populations, such as Sudanese, Khmer, Somali, and Korean immigrants and refugees.
— Katherine Fennely, 2010
Yolanda C. Padilla
This book provides new insights into the contemporary US immigrant experience based on a range of research strategies. It presents a rich account of the lives of immigrants by bringing into focus the relevance of country of origin, immigration status, cultural practices, gender, family integration, urban vs. rural communities, and interactions with the social service system. It does so by exploring the lives of East Indian, Sudanese, Somali, African, Asian Indian, Korean, Irish, Egyptian, Israeli, Chinese, Mexican, and other immigrants. A wonderful introduction for those wanting to study or work with immigrant families.
Great Plains Research - Katherine Fennely
Strengths and Challenges of New Immigrant Families is a multidisiplinary compendium of articles and essays about immigrants and refugee families....One value of the book is the inclusion of research on a number of understudied populations, such as Sudanese, Khmer, Somali, and Korean immigrants and refugees.
Cecilia Menjivar
The editors have done a terrific job of compiling a wide range of complex and timely topics into a highly readable volume. Together, the chapters convey a multidimensional portrait of immigrant families that should be of interest to academics and policy makers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739114568
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rochelle L. Dalla is an associate professor; John DeFrain is an extension professor; Julie M. Johnson is chair and professor; Douglas A. Abbott is a professor, all in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 I. How Immigration Changes Immigrants and How Immigrants Change America Chapter 3 Chapter 1. An Evaluation of the Psychological Research on Acculturation and Enculturation Processes among Recently Immigrating Populations Chapter 4 Chapter 2. A Sociological Analysis of the Psychosocial Adaptation of Khmer Refugees in Massachusetts Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Understanding the Immigration Experience through a Lifecourse Lens: Four Personal Stories Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Transnational Families and the Social Construction of Identity: Whiteness Matters Part 7 II. Marriages and Families Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Influence of American Culture of East Indian Immigrants' Perception of Marriage and Family Life Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Strong Marriages in Latino Culture Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Family Strengths of Hmong and Somalil Refugees in the United States Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Migrating Latinas and the Grief Process Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Career and Employment Concerns of Immigrant Women Part 13 III. Parents and Children Chapter 14 Chapter 10. Childcare Challenges of African Immigrant Families: An Inductive Thematic Analysis Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Decisions about Child Rearing Practices in First Generation Asian Indian Immigrants Chapter 16 Chapter 12. Intergenerational Differences in Acculturation and Family Conflict among Korean Immigrant Families Chapter 17 Chapter 13. Lost Boys Finding Their Way: Challenges, Changes, and Small Victories of Young Sudanese Refugees in the United States Chapter 18 Chapter 14. Distant Relations between Migrant Adult Children and Their Older Parents Chapter 19 Chapter 15. Co-Residence in Chinese Immigrant Families Part 20 IV. Community and Programmatic Issues Chapter 21 Chapter 16. Stress, Status, and Sociability: Exploring Residential Satisfaction in the Rural Midwest Following Rapid Immigration Chapter 22 Chapter 17. Rural Latino Immigrant Families: Hunger, Housing, and Social Support Chapter 23 Chapter 18. Parental Stress Among U.S. Mexican Heritage Parents: Implications for Culturally Relevant Family Life Education Chapter 24 Chapter 19. The Impact of Latino Immigrants and Bicultural Program Coordinators on Organizational Philosophy and Values: A Case Study of Organizational Responsiveness Part 25 Epilogue

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