Immigration stress and adaptation: the resilience of the older immigrants

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2011

Project Description/Abstract

This study examines the mental and physical health experiences of older adults who immigrate to the United States under the legal permanent residency status. Stressors are endemic in the immigration and resettlement process and older adults are especially susceptible to these stressors and the ensuing mental health problems. However, the older immigrants, who now make up American’s fastest growing immigrant group, remain invisible to social work research literature. The data is drawn from the first wave of the New Immigrant Survey (N=793), and univariate and bivariate analysis are used to explore the immigration process among older adults. The findings from this study will provide knowledge to help social work practitioners to improve their cultural competence and ability to understand the target population’s special issues and needs.

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