A Model Assessment of an Émigré Family from the Former Soviet Union

Publication Date: June 1996

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Anna Halberstadt

Research Area: Population and demographics; Social conditions

Keywords: Cultural Sensitivity; Mental Health; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The assessment of an emigre family from the former Soviet Union must be multifaceted, including political, socioeconomic, and cultural factors. A purely psychological approach, which describes emigre behaviors as pathological in contrast to American norms, yields a biased assessment. This article presents the many factors, operating on both the macro and micro levels, that must be included in a comprehensive assessment.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.72 no.4, Summer 1996.