Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 403–414

Immigration as a Dynamic Experience: Personal Narratives and Clinical Implications for Family Therapists


    • Purdue University
  • Nithyakala Karuppaswamy
    • Purdue University
  • Rajeswari Natrajan
    • Purdue University

DOI: 10.1007/s10591-005-6217-6

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Poulsen, S., Karuppaswamy, N. & Natrajan, R. Contemp Fam Ther (2005) 27: 403. doi:10.1007/s10591-005-6217-6


This is a reflective account of the experiences of the authors who immigrated to the United States from India at different developmental, historical, political, and social stages. Although their culture-of-origin was the same, the meaning and experience of immigration was different for each author. The narratives show a natural continuum of experiences based on their developmental stage during immigration, reasons for immigration, and the historical context of both India and the US at the time of immigration. A common theme is the ambivalence experienced by them in their process of creating a physical and psychological home in a different culture.


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