Keywords

family therapy, Eastern European immigrants, immigrants, social services

Abstract

Purpose – The increased number of Eastern European immigrants provides many opportunities to work with these immigrants and issues related to immigration. The purpose of this article is to examine Eastern European immigrants’ adaptation patterns and provide recommendations for family therapy working with the group.

Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 120 Eastern European immigrants. Data analysis was conducted using constant comparisons.

Findings – Common immigration experiences illustrating the need for services have been identified, along with barriers that might prevent the use of social services. The results indicate similarities and differences among the different groups regarding their immigration experience and adaptation to the host society.

Originality/value – Recommendations for overcoming the service-use barriers and conducting family therapy with these immigrants are provided.

Original Publication Citation

Robila, M. & Sandberg, J. (2011). Family Therapy with Eastern European Immigrants: Recommendations for Practice. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 7(4), 182- 196.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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