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Negotiating family, navigating resettlement : family connectedness amongst resettled youth with refugee backgrounds living in Melbourne, Australia

McMichael, Celia, Gifford, Sandra, & Correa-Velez, Ignacio (2011) Negotiating family, navigating resettlement : family connectedness amongst resettled youth with refugee backgrounds living in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Youth Studies, 14(2), pp. 179-195.

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Abstract

Refugee adolescents resettling in a new country face many challenges, and being part of a supportive family is a critical factor in assisting them to achieve wellbeing and create positive futures. This longitudinal study documents experiences of family life in the resettlement context of 120 young people with refugee backgrounds living in Melbourne, Australia. Family instability was a core feature of the early settlement period. In this paper, we focus specifically on changing household composition, and levels of trust, attachment, discipline and conflict in family settings during young people’s first years of resettlement. Our results suggest that while families are central to the wellbeing of these young people, changing family dynamics can also pose a threat to wellbeing and successful settlement. We argue that youth focused settlement services must explicitly engage with family contexts in assisting refugee youth to achieve wellbeing and successfully resettle.

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ID Code: 55004
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Refugee, Youth, Family
DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2010.506529
ISSN: 1469-9680
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2012 11:46
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2013 15:48

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