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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29487

Title: Acculturative Stress and Coping Among Immigrant Professional Workers
Authors: Robinson, Jennifer J.
Advisor: Chen, Charles
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: acculturation
acculturative stress
professional immigrants
Issue Date: 11-Aug-2011
Abstract: Empirical investigations of the prevalence and associated features of mental health issues in immigrant populations, have implicated acculturative stress as a potentially significant factor (Sam & Berry, 2010). Acculturative stress is associated with unemployment and underemployment among immigrant professional workers. The objective of the current investigation is to examine the prevalence and impact of acculturation, acculturative stress and coping in a sample of adult immigrant professionals. To provide a theoretical foundation for the study, the following conceptualizations were used: Berry’s (2006) four pronged definition of acculturation; The Stress and Coping Model; and the Social Cognitive Career Theory. Using a grounded theory, qualitative approach, in- depth interviews were used to examine the experiences of employment and acculturation among 20 professional immigrant workers in Canada. The findings of this study demonstrate that immigrant professional workers experience high levels of acculturative stress and utilize a number of coping strategies in relation to their employment trajectories.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29487
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