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Stress and Coping in the Lives of Recent Immigrants and Refugees: Considerations for Counseling

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Recent immigrants and refugees experience great amounts of stress. Literature on immigration and stress has focused primarily on the stressors directly related to immigrants’ adjustment to a new culture (i.e., acculturation stress). This manuscript discusses stress and coping in the lives of recent immigrants and refugees within a framework of stress theories proposed in psychological literature. In addition, an overview of stressors encountered by recent immigrants is provided. Implications for clinical work, research, and advocacy are discussed.

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Yakushko, O., Watson, M. & Thompson, S. Stress and Coping in the Lives of Recent Immigrants and Refugees: Considerations for Counseling. Int J Adv Counselling 30, 167 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10447-008-9054-0

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  • Immigration
  • Stress
  • Coping