Family Stress and Support among Former Soviet Immigrants

Karen J. Aroian, Ada Spitzer, Margaret Bell

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The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to investigate types of family support and stress among former Soviet immigrants. Forty-two immigrants (14 males and 28 females) were interviewed about their immigration experiences, including description of current relationships with family in the resettlement country. Content analysis of interview data documented that immigrant families can be a valuable source of emotional and/or instrumental support. Immigrant families, however, can also be too overwhelmed by their own immigration demands to provide support or can generate additional stress for its members. Types of family stress included conflict from differing values and opinions, increased responsibility far family members who could not manage resettlement on their own, family members' emotional distress over immigration experiences, unmet expectations for family members' adjustment, and changes in household composition and living arrangements upon arrival in the United States.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-674
Number of pages20
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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