Resilience and acculturation among unaccompanied refugee minors

Serap Keles, Oddgeir Friborg, Thormod Idsøe, Selcuk Sirin, Brit Oppedal

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The present study was designed to understand differences between unaccompanied refugees who retained or achieved good mental health (healthy or resilient) and those who maintained or developed poor mental health (clinical and vulnerable). Using person-based analyses, the role of pre-migration traumatic exposure and acculturation-related factors in long-term trajectories of psychological adjustment among unaccompanied refugees was explored. This study included three waves of data collection in a population-based sample. The participants were 918 unaccompanied refugees who had received asylum and residence status in Norway. The pattern of change in depression symptoms over time was used to characterize subgroups displaying resilient, vulnerable, clinical or healthy trajectories. Results indicated that the extent of post-migration acculturation hassles and heritage culture competence, as well as pre-migration traumatic events and gender, distinguished the refugee groups in terms of mental health trajectories. The implications for clinical practice and immigration policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-63
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Acculturation
Refugees
acculturation
resilience
refugee
Mental Health
mental health
migration
Emigration and Immigration
immigration policy
Norway
Mental Competency
Depression
human being
event
gender
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Keywords

  • acculturation hassles
  • culture competence
  • resilience
  • unaccompanied refugee minors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Resilience and acculturation among unaccompanied refugee minors. / Keles, Serap; Friborg, Oddgeir; Idsøe, Thormod; Sirin, Selcuk; Oppedal, Brit.

In: International Journal of Behavioral Development, Vol. 42, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 52-63.

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Keles, Serap ; Friborg, Oddgeir ; Idsøe, Thormod ; Sirin, Selcuk ; Oppedal, Brit. / Resilience and acculturation among unaccompanied refugee minors. In: International Journal of Behavioral Development. 2018 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 52-63.
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