African Immigrants' Stressful Marital and Family Experiences

African Immigrants' Stressful Marital and Family Experiences

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This study explored the stressful lives of African immigrant families. A constructivist grounded theory approach was used to analyze and describe 41 child custody evaluation reports which were conducted between 1999 to 2004 in the African Families Program of Hennepin County Family Court in Minnesota. The analysis sought to understand the marital and family stresses of African immigrants in the U.S., and do so within the context of the culture of origin, immigration, and acculturation. Based on the major themes which emerged during the analysis, it is possible to conclude that African immigrant families: (a) experience double jeopardy at many levels; (b) confront multiple complex past and present stress pile ups; (c) live within conflict saturated personal, marital, family and community lives; (d) are presented with a paradox of loss and gain as a result of immigration; and (e) experience failed attempts at family reconstruction. Each of these emergent grounded theoretical concepts is discussed, and implications for theory, research, practice and policy are presented.... had good educational backgrounds and the aptitude to do well at work, they were often denied access to employment ... Phillip, a Nigerian man, reported working two or three jobs simultaneously to pay for both his and his African Immigrantanbsp;...

Title:African Immigrants' Stressful Marital and Family Experiences
Author:Paul Okeyo Orieny
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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