Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences
Pub Date: 2016
ISBN 13: 978-1-9461350-1-8
Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing
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This text covers issues related to immigration in the United States as well as refugees, legal issues, human rights, issues of mental health, read more
This text covers issues related to immigration in the United States as well as refugees, legal issues, human rights, issues of mental health, chemical dependency and violence in immigrant and refugee families, resettlement issues, and resilience. The case studies in each chapter provide poignant examples to help the reader understand how immigrants and refugees are impacted on legal, health, chemical dependency, and violence issues. The text provides in-depth information on how federal policies on immigration have formed over the decades and how it impacts the make up of immigrants in this country today. This textbook provides more than many texts I have reviewed on the subject of immigrants and refugees.
The textbooks is as accurate as the year it was published (which I cannot find the date of publication but it was sometime around 2016 based on bibliographies). This makes information quite accurate up to the point of our last election. As immigration and refugee policies were part of the current administrations campaign promises and indeed recent event have shown this, it will be necessary to make some edits on information as new policies develop. It is free of bias and has no misinformation but provides factual data backed up by appropriate references in the bibliographies after each chapter.
With current global upheaval and movement of thousands of refugees across the globe, this is a very relevant book indeed. I would like to see more on the topic of climate change and refugees as I believe this will be a very relevant topic in the coming years. The text could easily be updated with the latest information by the authors with minor edits. I believe edits will be necessary within the next year or two as new immigrant and refugee policies are developed by our current federal government. More information on global impacts of the massive movement of refugees would be helpful in context to this book as some countries in Europe will be forever changed by the refugee impact.
The text is very easy to read. I would place it at the undergraduate level. It is free from jargon and technical terminology - and when used is defined and explained - including case examples that assist the reader in understanding what the authors wish to convey.
The text is multi-authored but reads with an easy flow. There is no differentiation between sections or chapters. It flows well and is easy to follow. Case examples in each chapter assist the reader with a clear picture that readily flows from one section to the next.
What I particularly like about this textbook is that I can uses different sections within a chapter and/or different chapters throughout a course. I would not necessarily need to use the entire book but can visualize using parts of the book at different times through the course semester that relates to the topic we are discussing in class. It would not be disruptive to use only part of the text for a class as each chapter does stand alone - yet is organized in such a manner that it flows whether the decision is to go from each chapter in sequential order or not.
Each section and chapter are logically sequenced in a orderly fashion. The subjects flow naturally from one section to the next with great case examples to enhance the understanding of concepts and terminology.
The interface is okay but it is a little challenging at first to navigate. Moving from one page to the next is not difficult so much as it is not particularly friendly. As I think of my online reading - using things such as tablets or a Kindle - I can bookmark a page, I can search a topic and find something that I am looking for with relative ease. This is a bit more challenging to do that - other than go to by chapters and sections. It would be nice to have a feature to save your place from one reading to the next.
I found no grammar errors in this text.
This textbook has nothing culturally insensitive or offensive within sections or chapters. The text is presented free of bias.
I will be using parts of this textbook for my Globalization of Social Welfare class as we discuss immigrants and refugees. I do not need the entire text but will certainly use specific chapters. I see this as a very well written book that explains the bio-psycho-social-political-cultural-economic issues that are involved in working with or understanding of immigrants and refugees in the United States.
What a timely text! This textbook covers the journey that immigrants and families makes from their home country to their destination country, read more
What a timely text! This textbook covers the journey that immigrants and families makes from their home country to their destination country, includes relevant policy background and covers common problems that are experienced as a result of this often traumatic and tumultuous journey (substance abuse, intimate partner violence, mental health, economic struggles, etc). I found the immigration policy descriptions especially useful as it explains many political factors that influence the immigration and resettlement process. This is great guide in helping us to better understand their situation in context of the family. For most immigrants and refugees, their families are some of the only ties they have to their home country. It can be their greatest source of strength and resilience. The few textbooks offered regarding immigrants and refugees view them as individuals rather than a family-system.
Of course this textbook is written from a pro-immigration perspective which is inherently biased. I did not encounter any grammatical errors.
This text is up-to-date including recent ICE raids for deportation in early 2016. Especially with our current political climate, I feel like the chapter on immigration policy will be ever evolving which will call for updated editions.
I was impressed by the clarity of this textbook. It breaks down all terms and policies that often get confused in a simple and understandable way.
I found this textbook to be very consistent in usage of terminology and theoretical frameworks (human rights perspective).
I found the modularity of this textbook to be especially useful because the chapters logically flow one into the next, taking you through a literal journey with immigrant and refugee families. I can already imagine how I would form a course using this text, perhaps using one family case study to follow each journey: the immigration process and the resettlement process. Students could easily use this text to imagine what each family might be experiencing.
As mentioned above, this textbook naturally flows and takes you on a step-by-step process of immigration and resettlement.
The interface is very well developed, using case studies, quotes, pictures, discussion questions and helpful links. The only drawback I would mention is that throughout the text there are some large blocks of text that could be discouraging for readers.
I did not encounter any grammatical errors.
I think content matter of this textbook speaks for itself here. It is a culturally competent text.
This will be a great resource for anyone working in any capacity with immigrants and refugees or someone who just wants to be informed. It is very accessible across disciplines.
The authors did an excellent job of comprehensively describing the immigrant and refugee experience in the United States. Each chapter provided read more
The authors did an excellent job of comprehensively describing the immigrant and refugee experience in the United States. Each chapter provided extensive coverage of topics and issues that are very relevant to understanding and working with immigrants and refugees. This book provides an excellent overview of the immigrant and refugees experiences, their journey to the United States, some of the mental health and other health concerns they may present with when seeking assistance, and specific ways that can be helpful in their resettlement. I especially appreciated the chapter on Resilience and factors that facilitate that process, as often the negative aspects of immigrants and refugees are highlighted. I found the authors' emphases of the book from a systems perspective to be an appropriate model in terms of how we can view the families from a collectivistic rather than individualistic perspective. I think the authors did a great job of presenting both theories and research on this important topic, and comprehensively covered the areas they wanted to include in the book. The only things missing were the index and glossary. This book makes a major contribution to the literature on immigrants and refugees.
This book presented a variety of perspectives on immigrants and refugees. The statistical data presented was accurate and up to date. They often provided links to sources of data for further exploration and information, which is a major strength of the book. The approaches to understanding immigrants and refugees were balanced, as they often presented many views, including opposing views, to ensure comprehensive coverage of the issues.
This book makes an outstanding contribution to the literature on immigrants and refugees because of its up to date statistics, research studies, and coverage of currents events such as the Affordable Care Act and its impact on immigrants and refugees. I think that the book is amenable to updates as they become available and can easily be inserted in the appropriate places in the chapters because it is an E-book. I see the contents as being relevant at this time because of the current occurrences related to refugees (e.g. Syrian refugees), and the policies about immigration that are being discussed. This book has an important place in understanding how we, as Americans, can assist in the resettlement of both immigrants and refugees. This book also provides important information for health care professionals in responding in a culturally-relevant manner to the needs of immigrants and refugees.
This book is written for a very wide audience from the volunteer who desires to assist his/her neighbor who is an immigrant or refugee to the professional who wants to ensure that that she/he has a grasp of how to approach their work with immigrants or refugees. I appreciated that the authors clearly defined some of the terms they used. For instance, they often explained the theories they described in common terminology and provided definitions when necessary. All of the topics they chose to emphasize were clearly delineated and illustrated with case examples.
The overarching theme for the book is how we can understand and assist immigrants and refugees. Consequently, they organized the chapters that build on each other as they tell the story of immigrants and refugees. They provide convincing data to support what they propose and emphasize that there is no unilateral manner to understanding and assisting immigrants and refugees. I like their theme of seeing immigrants and refugees, in the context of their families, throughout the book.
This book is well organized and flows well. The chapters build on each other, although they can be read as individual units. The book starts out with understanding policies, recognizing the journey, the importance of human rights, economic considerations, mental health issues, including intimate partner violence and substance abuse, the role of resilience, and understanding resettlement. The book covers information that is essential in an understanding of immigrants and refugees.
One of the advantages of this book is that it can interface with a variety of devices and it displays well. I liked the links to further information. The text is quite readable.
The grammar of the book was fine and there were no significant grammatical errors. In fact, the writing was clear and comprehensible.
One of the highlights of this book is its cultural relevance. It does a great job of describing culturally relevant ways to approach and work with immigrants and refugees. For instance, it emphasizes the need for health care professionals and psychotherapists to understand the background and experiences of immigrants and refugees and develop culturally appropriate ways of working with them. It also describes the importance of understanding culture in the resettlement process.
As an immigrant, I was very impressed with this book. I like the research base as well as the practical applications. As a professor in clinical psychology, I plan to use this book in my Multicultural Psychotherapy class. It is very important that psychologists understand how to work effectively with immigrants and refugees in culturally relevant ways. I highly recommend this book for both undergraduate and graduate classes.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Immigration and Immigrant Policy: Barriers and Opportunities for Families
1.1 Immigration Policy
1.2 Current Immigration Policy
1.3 Opportunities and Barriers for Immigrant Families
1.4 Future Directions
Chapter 2: From There to Here: The Journey of Refugee Families to the United States
2.1 Fleeing Persecution and Separation from Family
2.2 Travel to Temporary Refuge
2.3 Family Admittance to the United States
2.4 Entering the United States
2.5 Future Directions in Policy and Refugee Family Support
Chapter 3: Human Rights
3.1 What are Human Rights?
3.2 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
3.3 The Status of Human in the United States
3.4 Emerging Directions
Chapter 4: Economic Well-Being, Supports and Barriers
4.2 Access to Necessities
4.3 Financial Problems
4.4 Future Directions
Chapter 5: Mental Health
5.1 Different Shared Experiences
5.2 Mental Health Challenges
5.3 Mental Health Treatments
5.4 Emerging Directions
Chapter 6: Intimate Partner Violence among Immigrants and Refugees
6.1 Defining IPV
6.2 IPV Among Immigrants and Refugees
6.3 Risk and Protective Factors
6.4 Responses to IPV
6.5 Barriers to Help Seeking
6.6 Future Directions
6.7 Case Study
Chapter 7: Substance Abuse
7.1 Substance Abuse Prevalence
7.2 Risk Factors
7.3 Family Influences on Substance Abuse
7.4 Theoretical Frameworks
7.5 Policy On Legal Consequences of Substance Use
7.6 Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention
Chapter 8: Resilience in Immigrant and Refugee Families
8.1 Family Motivation: Value of Work and Education
8.2 Family Connectedness and Identity
8.3 Role of Resources in Achieving Aspirations
8.4 Emerging Directions
Chapter 9: Embracing a New Home: Resettlement Research and the Family
9.2 Family Theories: A New Direction for Research with Resettled Populations
9.3 Critical Theories
9.4 Cultural Values to Consider in Resettlement Research
9.5 Future Directions
Chapter 10: Conclusion
About the Book
Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences uses a family systems lens to discuss challenges and strengths of immigrant and refugee families in the United States. Chapters address immigration policy, human rights issues, economic stress, mental health and traumatic stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, family resilience, and methods of integration.
About the Contributors
Jaime Ballard is a PhD student in the Department of Family Social science at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on supporting families and parents affected by traumatic stress. She is currently working with Karen refugees in St. Paul to develop interventions to support families that are culturally appropriate and responsive to shared experiences of trauma.
Elizabeth Wieling is an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She is a family therapist and a prevention and intervention scholar working to develop parenting and family level evidence-based interventions for populations affected by traumatic stress. Wieling collaborates with interdisciplinary colleagues in post-conflict settings outside of the United States and with immigrant and refugee communities locally. Her teaching includes courses on clinical treatments for families affected by post-traumatic stress and topics related to social justice and mental health.
Catherine Solheim is an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on family finances, family theory, and global and diverse families. She has co-led six learning abroad courses to Thailand, focusing on how globalization impacts family, culture, and the natural environment. Solheim’s scholarship focuses on ways that culture, socio-economic status, and relationships impact the diverse ways families make decisions about their resources.