Acculturation Stress

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Acculturation Stress2017-11-06T18:45:50+00:00

Acculturation Stress

Many practitioners make the mistake of thinking that refugees can make a cultural adjustment by simply explaining to them the new ways of doing things. However, to survive the stresses of acculturation, refugees must adjust to an entirely new worldview, while at the same time grieving the loss of their former culture, family, homeland and dreams.

 

Four Phases Of Acculturation

Assimilation

Marginalization

Separation

Integration

Actively participates in dominant culture and abandons culture of birth

Refrains from interest in any cultural framework

Clings to culture of birth and limits interaction with new culture

Maintains cultural identity while effective interacting with other cultures

Impact of Acculturation

  • Traditional roles are different in every culture. Refugees may encounter:

    • Challenges to parental power
    • Loss of professional status
    • Changing gender roles
    • Loss of communal support in decision making
  • Fleeing to a new country is like learning how to live all over again. Refugees may encounter:

    • Language barriers
    • Employment challenges
    • Reduced social functioning
    • Challenges with customs and behavior
    • New laws, rules and cultural norms
  • Humans are social creatures; we need connections with others to thrive. Refugees may experience:

    • Loss of identity
    • Difficulty building new relationships
    • Frustration with cultural norms
    • Loss of community and social structure
    • Social isolation

Four Phases Of Acculturation

Assimilation

Actively participates in dominant culture and abandons culture of birth

Integration

Maintains cultural identity while effective interacting with other cultures

Marginalization

Refrains from interest in any cultural framework

Separation

Clings to culture of birth and limits interaction with new culture

Impact of Acculturation

Traditional roles are different in every culture. Refugees may encounter:

  • Challenges to parental power
  • Loss of professional status
  • Changing gender roles
  • Loss of communal support in decision making

Fleeing to a new country is like learning how to live all over again. Refugees may encounter:

  • Language barriers
  • Employment challenges
  • Reduced social functioning
  • Challenges with customs and behavior
  • New laws, rules and cultural norms

Humans are social creatures; we need connections with others to thrive. Refugees may experience:

  • Loss of identity
  • Difficulty building new relationships
  • Frustration with cultural norms
  • Loss of community and social structure
  • Social isolation