New Immigrants and Social-Support Systems: Information-Seeking Patterns in a Metropolis

  • Murali Nair
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


The modern immigrant no longer has the freedom of the early settler, who usually simply transferred his own ways of doing things. Upon arrival in a new country, today’s immigrant faces a task of integration into a new culture; there are psychological stresses and strains, which have become magnified with the complexity of modern social organization. Present-day immigration has a desocializing effect on individual life, involving complex disorganization of the individual’s role system, and some disturbance of social identity and self-image (Cf. Eisenstadt, 1955). This chapter argues that the possession of adequate information about the social-support systems of the new country lessens the desocializing effect of immigration. The conceptual theme of this study is that psychosocial adaptation is a function of information seeking which facilitates, and is facilitated by, use of social-support networks. Some information is sought before the arrival of immigrants in a new country, and some after arrival.


Social Work Home Country Social Agency Information Seek Psychosocial Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Murali Nair
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkMarywood CollegeScrantonUSA

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