Unsettled resettlement: Refugees and changed family dynamics in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Unsettled resettlement: Refugees and changed family dynamics in Worcester, Massachusetts

Author: Stephens, Benjamin

Date: May 2008

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper examines how resettlement processes affect relationships in refugee families. It focuses on family dynamics pertaining particularly to partner and parent-child relations. The author argues that resettlement creates new circumstances that cause changes and modifications in family relationships that can increase tensions and have profound transformative impacts on refugee family dynamics. The paper concludes by highlighting several avenues for further research.

Keywords: refugees, family disunity, family unity, family dynamics, social adaptation, resettlement

Cataloged by: Peter Nelson/ B. J. Perkins

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