Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 3 - 2020
Dynamic Acculturation among Emerging Adult Syrian Refugees in the United States
Fatemah Samir Alghamdi*
Department of Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA USA
*Corresponding Author: Fatemah Samir Alghamdi, Department of Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA USA.
Received: January 18, 2020; Published: February 17, 2020


Refugees are vulnerable populations who experience premigration traumatic events and postmigration acculturation stress. While research on immigrant mental health issues has been plentiful, there has been a clear lacuna of scholarly investigation into the acculturation experiences of Syrian emerging adults, particularly as it relates to the types and dynamics of acculturation behaviors. Acculturation is a factor that predicts emerging adults’ academic and occupational success and their interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. This qualitative investigation was conducted within the framework of interpretative phenomenology, which allows for meaningful, organic exploration and description of participants’ stories. Data were collected from 12 emerging adult Syrian refugees who were at least 18 years of age. Interpretative Phenomenology Analysis (IPA) was used as a theoretical framework to understand and analyze the data collected. This research found out that their acculturation behavior appears to be described better as “dynamic”. The most ubiquitous dynamic acculturation behavior was characterized by constant progress and effective change, promoting positive personality growth among refugees and immigrants. Dynamic acculturation provides a broader set of strategies utilized by an individual.

Keywords: Dynamic Acculturation; Acculturation; Trauma; Resilience; Refugees; Interpretative Phenomenology Analysis (IPA)


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Citation: Fatemah Samir Alghamdi. “Dynamic Acculturation among Emerging Adult Syrian Refugees in the United States”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.3 (2020): 01-18.

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