1st Edition

Immigrant and Refugee Youth and Families Research and Practice

Edited By Mo Yee Lee Copyright 2021
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. Over the years the composition of immigrants has significantly changed. From receiving immigrants from primarily Europe, the United States is now home to people from countries around the globe. One of the common challenges encountered by immigrant and refugee families and youth is to successfully resettle and integrate into the host country that is culturally different from their country of origin. Depending on the context of migration, families and youth oftentimes face additional challenges ranging from potential trauma prior to immigration, language, employment, education, healthcare accessibility, integration, discrimination, etc. This book focuses on different issues experienced by immigrant and refugee families and youth as well as programs implemented to serve these populations. These issues pertain to the individual at a personal level (attachment, trauma, bi-cultural self-efficacy, behavioral problems, and mental health), family (parenting, work-family conflict, problems such as domestic violence), community (risk factors such as racial discrimination and protective factors such as social capital) and policy (immigration policy and enforcement).

    Part I of the book focuses on immigrant and refugee families and Part II focuses on immigrant and refugee youth. By increasing our awareness of issues pertinent to immigrant and refugee families and youth, we can better provide culturally respectful and sensitive services and policy to this population at a time when they are navigating between their host culture and home culture in addition to dealing with challenges encountered in resettlement.

    The book is a significant new contribution to migration studies and social justice, and will be a great resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of social work, public policy, law and sociology. The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Ethic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

    1. Introduction

    Mo Yee Lee

    Part I: Immigrant and Refugee Families

    2. Parenting in transition: refugee populations’ challenges in navigating parenting upon resettlement

    Neda Moinolmolki, Frank Ridzi, Virginia Cronin and Haji Adan

    3. Using culturally appropriate, trauma-informed support to promote bicultural self-efficacy among resettled refugees: A conceptual model

    Jennifer L. Ballard-Kang

    4. Immigration policies and mental health: examining the relationship between immigration enforcement and depression, anxiety, and stress among Latino immigrants

    David Becerra, Gladys Hernandez, Francisca Porchas, Jason Castillo, Van Nguyen and Raquel Perez González

    5. Work-family conflict in a comparative context: immigrant and native workers in the U.S.

    Mamta U. Ojha

    6. Social work practice with West Indian migrant fathers

    Natallie Gentles-Gibbs and Lance L.O. Gibbs

    7. Improving access to domestic violence services for women of immigrant and refugee status: a trauma-informed perspective

    Filomena Critelli and Asli Cennet Yalim

    8. Effects of Asian immigrants’ group membership in the association between perceived racial discrimination and psychological well-being: the interplay of immigrants’ generational status, age, and ethnic subgroup

    Shinwoo Choi, Suzie Weng, Hyejoon Park and Yeongbin Kim

    Part II: Immigrant and Refugee Youth

    9. When generalized assumptions of young refugees don’t hold: rethinking ascriptions and subjectivations through an intersectional lens

    Laura Otto and Margrit E. Kaufmann

    10. The relationship between adolescent refugees’ attachment patterns and their experiences of trauma

    Joanna E. Bettmann and Debra Olson-Morrison

    11. Antisocial attitude and aggressive behavior among immigrant children: The moderating effects of parent-child relationships

    Youn Kyoung Kim, Cecilia Mengo, Eusebius Small and Moses Okumu

    12. Correlates of general wellbeing among Bhutanese youths

    Neda Moinolmolki

    13. Staying close to home: The significance of relationships for immigrant-origin local college students

    Beth Sapiro and Ja’Dell Davis

    14. Karen refugee youths’ satisfaction with a teen dating violence prevention program

    Kristen E. Ravi, Beverly M. Black, Diane B. Mitschke and Katelyn Pearson

    Practice Corner

    15. Dietary adaptation of immigrant families

    Sachi Ando

    16. Creating welcoming communities for LGBTQ migrants: Living room-style chats for service providers

    Sylvia Acevedo, Oscar Rivera, Miriam Potocky, Mitra Naseh, Edward J. Alessi and Aaron Burgess


    Mo Yee Lee is Professor at the College of Social Work, The Ohio State University. Her scholarship focuses on intervention research using a solution-focused, strengths-based, and systems perspective, as well as cross-cultural integrative practice with individuals and families. She is the Editor of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.