Acculturation stress in South Sudanese refugees : impact on marital relationships

Khawaja, Nigar G. & Milner, Karla (2012) Acculturation stress in South Sudanese refugees : impact on marital relationships. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36(5), pp. 624-636.

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A qualitative approach was used to explore the impact of acculturation stress on the marital relationships of South Sudanese refugees settled in Brisbane, Australia. Thirteen refugees, who were currently or previously married, participated in three gender specific focus groups. The perceived causes and possible solutions of conflict were thoroughly explored. Hypothetical scenarios were used to facilitate group discussion. Major issues causing conflict between couples were identified as: the management of finances and lack of family and social support. Several other areas of acculturation stress also emerged as factors associated with marital stress. There was a dissonance regarding the adherence to cultural gender roles. Freedom provided to women in Australia caused tension between the couples. Law enforcement officers were perceived as lacking cultural understanding and misinterpreting the couple distress. Finally, limited information provided to refugees pre and post migration was considered to hinder adjustment. The participants suggested a number of practical solutions to these issues which are potentially useful in guiding future refugee settlement programs.

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ID Code: 49949
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sudanese, Refugees, Acculturation, Marital relationships
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2012.03.007
ISSN: 0147-1767
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Intercultural Relations. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Intercultural Relations, VOL 36, ISSUE 5, (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2012.03.007
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2012 03:27
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2016 02:49

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