A study of socio-cultural identity and adjustment of Ethiopian immigrants in Atlanta., 2011

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
A study of socio-cultural identity and adjustment of Ethiopian immigrants in Atlanta., 2011
Creator:
Alemu, Leulekal Akalu
Contributor to Resource:
Wilson, Brandi
Harper-Arnold, Roslyn A.
Pillari, Vimala
Date of Original:
2011-12-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: thesis
Degree Name: Master of Social Work (MSW)
Date of Degree: 2012
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Social Work, Social Work Policy Planning and Administration
The study examined the socio-cultural identity and adjustment process of Ethiopian immigrants in Atlanta, Georgia. One hundred and sixty-two randomly selected Ethiopian immigrants, aged 15 and above, were interviewed by using a self-reporting survey questionnaire. The survey was designed to assess if there was a relationship between psychological problems and adjustment process, socio-cultural identity crises among Ethiopian immigrant parents and their children who live in Atlanta, and to explore if Ethiopians are integrating or assimilating with the American culture. The results indicated that the majorityof respondents felt that life in America is stressful, and more than half of the respondents said they have not experienced psychological problems. The majority of the respondents keep and use their culture, and prefer integration over assimilation. The results also show that Ethiopian immigrants prefer to be identified as Ethiopian and Ethio-American by their nationality, instead of black and African American. Even though Ethiopian immigrants agree living in America is stressful, most of the respondents deny that their adjustment process affects their psychological well-being. Ethiopians are new immigrants in the new world. This study introduces the Ethiopian culture and identity to the entire community to minimize the cultural barrier. The findings from this study may also have practical significance for Ethiopian immigrants in the United States.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2012_alemu_leulekal_a
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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