Challenges to Psychosocial Wellness
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An evaluation of the psychological adaptation of our respondents takes into account the traditional measures of physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction. The theoretical frameworks described in Chapter 2 provide the context for this assessment. The ecosystems perspective elucidates the interrelationships of people with their environments; the stages of migration framework describes the temporal phases of prewar life, war experiences, displacement and transit, and resettlement; and the acculturation model tells us that refugees and host societies interact to influence strategies used by refugees in adapting to new environments. Our respondents' states of well-being are influenced by their prewar and postwar ecosystems and by factors encountered in various phases of migration. The psychological well-being of refugee families is also influenced by the degree of acculturative stress experienced in a new culture.
KeywordsLife Satisfaction Mental Health Symptom Acculturative Stress Psychosocial Wellness Host Society
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