Immigration, Transition to Parenthood, and Parenting

  • Anca Bejenaru


This chapter adopts a life-course perspective to show how transitioning to parenthood and parenting practices are negotiated and adjusted under the influence of both migrants’ childhoods and migration contexts. The method used for data collection was life-story interviews. For purposes of this study, were selected nine participants, exclusively women. Some mechanisms of parenting formation and transformation were identified by using both inductive and deductive procedures for data analyses. These methods elicited novel information on how women change during migrations with respect to child-rearing and familial patterns. The empirical data suggest that self-change in the case of young migrant mothers has gradually developed through awareness of one’s own qualities and internalization. These results show that understanding of acculturation requires a deeper analysis of psychological mechanisms.


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  • Anca Bejenaru
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  1. 1.‘Lucian Blaga’ University of SibiuSibiuRomania

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