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Acculturative stress: Community, acculturative, and demographic predictors among former Soviet adolescents and elderly

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The process of migration and subsequent acculturation of immigrants and refugees has long been a topic of interest to community psychology (Birman, 1994). More specifically, the stress and coping process has been studied in multiple groups, including Vietnamese (Liebkind, 1996), Japanese (Padilla, Wagatsuma, & Lindholm, 1985), Iranian (Werkuyten & Nekuee, 1999), Turkish (Virta & Westin, 2004), and former Soviets (Roytburd & Friedlander, 2008), with acculturative stress being a focal point. Acculturative stress refers to those stressors that become salient as a function of being in a new and often culturally foreign environment. The purpose of this poster is twofold: (1) to describe the processes through which measures of acculturative stress were developed for both adolescents and elderly refugees from the former Soviet Union; and (2) to present research on the community, acculturative, and demographic predictors of these stresses for both of these generations (N=225 for adolescents and N=360 for elderly). This study was conducted in two communities that differed in ethnic density of former Soviet immigrants (Birman, Trickett, & Buchanan, 2005). Focus groups and individual interviews with adolescents and elderly were first conducted to generate life domains where acculturative stresses occurred and identify specific events within those domains that triggered it. As is customary in the stress literature, the resulting items asked both about the occurrence and severity of the stress caused by the event. Subsequent surveys of adolescents and elderly were conducted to gather normative data on the acculturative stress measures and additional information about demographic and acculturative predictors of these stresses. The poster presents data on the community, acculturative, and demographic differences in predictors of acculturative stress for both adolescents and elderly. Findings will highlight the role of community differences, acculturative status, and demographic characteristics as predictors of acculturative stress. Implications for research and intervention will be drawn.
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Tasker, Timothy., Bynum, Lindsay., Trickett, Edison. and Vinokurov, Andrey. "Acculturative stress: Community, acculturative, and demographic predictors among former Soviet adolescents and elderly" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL, Jun 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p503356_index.html>

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Tasker, T. B., Bynum, L. , Trickett, E. J. and Vinokurov, A. , 2011-06-15 "Acculturative stress: Community, acculturative, and demographic predictors among former Soviet adolescents and elderly" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p503356_index.html

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Abstract: The process of migration and subsequent acculturation of immigrants and refugees has long been a topic of interest to community psychology (Birman, 1994). More specifically, the stress and coping process has been studied in multiple groups, including Vietnamese (Liebkind, 1996), Japanese (Padilla, Wagatsuma, & Lindholm, 1985), Iranian (Werkuyten & Nekuee, 1999), Turkish (Virta & Westin, 2004), and former Soviets (Roytburd & Friedlander, 2008), with acculturative stress being a focal point. Acculturative stress refers to those stressors that become salient as a function of being in a new and often culturally foreign environment. The purpose of this poster is twofold: (1) to describe the processes through which measures of acculturative stress were developed for both adolescents and elderly refugees from the former Soviet Union; and (2) to present research on the community, acculturative, and demographic predictors of these stresses for both of these generations (N=225 for adolescents and N=360 for elderly). This study was conducted in two communities that differed in ethnic density of former Soviet immigrants (Birman, Trickett, & Buchanan, 2005). Focus groups and individual interviews with adolescents and elderly were first conducted to generate life domains where acculturative stresses occurred and identify specific events within those domains that triggered it. As is customary in the stress literature, the resulting items asked both about the occurrence and severity of the stress caused by the event. Subsequent surveys of adolescents and elderly were conducted to gather normative data on the acculturative stress measures and additional information about demographic and acculturative predictors of these stresses. The poster presents data on the community, acculturative, and demographic differences in predictors of acculturative stress for both adolescents and elderly. Findings will highlight the role of community differences, acculturative status, and demographic characteristics as predictors of acculturative stress. Implications for research and intervention will be drawn.


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