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New Beginnings, Old Problems: Psychocultural Frame of Reference and Family Dynamics During the Adjustment Period

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Irene Belozersky

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 67:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: Immigration; Psychology; Family

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Immigration, with its accompanying feelings of uprootedness and numerous losses, is a powerful stressor, disrupting the functioning of even the strongest families and individuals. Adjustment to a new society takes the form of a spectrum of physical and emotional reactions. As a rule, families and individuals who functioned well in the Soviet Union will have an easier adjustment in the United States. Age, educational level, and English-speaking ability also influence the ease of adjustment.