328: Diverse Challenges and Protective Factors in Immigrant Families

Vanja Lazarevic; Kamala Ramadoss; Brian Gillespie; Olena Nesteruk; Soo-Bin You; Chang Su-Russell

2:30 PM
3:45 PM
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Concurrent Sessions 9 - (NBCC CE Credit: #1 hr and Conference Attendance Credit: #1 hr)

328-01: Individual and Family Factors as Moderators Between Discrimination and Language Brokering
Vanja Lazarevic, Shu-Sha Angie Guan, Robert Weisskirch

Language brokering (LB) is the work that immigrant youth do to help their families navigate the U.S. society. The public nature of LB (e.g., brokering at schools) can lead to experiences of discrimination, which can have numerous negative effects on individuals. We also know that ethnic-racial identity and family dynamics can serve as protective factors against discrimination. Putting all of this together, this study examined the ways in which discrimination relates to LB, and if ethnic-racial identity and family dynamics serve as moderators in this relationship. Data from 508 young adults indicated that discrimination impacts LB in a negative way, and that ethnic identity, but not family dynamics, can serve as a protective factor against discrimination on LB. Findings have implications for researchers and practitioners working with immigrant youth.

-- To examine relations between discrimination, language brokering, ethnic identity, and family dynamics
-- To identify potential protective factors against discrimination in the context of language brokering
-- To demonstrate the need to include cultural factors (e.g., ethnic racial identity, family dynamics) in prevention and intervention efforts

Subject Codes: discrimination, family relations
Population Codes: emerging/young adulthood
Method and Approach Codes: quantitative methodology

328-02: The Relationship Between Social Support and Work-to-Family Spillover Among Asian-Indian Immigrants: Does Multiculturalism Matter?
Kamala Ramadoss, Rui Tian

The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating role of multicultural personality on the relationship between social support and work-to-family enrichment among Asian-Indian immigrants in the U. S.Research participants were recruited from local Asian-Indian organizations and religious places (temple) using a flyer. Snowball technique was used for recruiting participants. Adults aged 18 and older who self-identified as an immigrant from the Indian sub-continent were included in the study (N = 150). Standardized measures were used to collect data which was done using an online survey.AMOS software was used to test and revise the proposed conceptual model using structure equation model (SEM) method. Results indicate support for the hypothesis - multiculturalism mediates the relationship between supervisor support and work-to-family enrichment in this sample of Asian-Indian immigrants. The results have implication for designing workplace policies and interventions.

-- To explore the work-family context of first generation immigrants from South Asia in the United States
-- To examine the relationship between supervisor support and spillover from work-to-family
-- To examinethe mediating role of multicultural personality on the relationship between social support and work-to-family enrichment

Subject Codes: immigration, work-family issues, interpersonal relationships
Population Codes: multilingual, middle adulthood, Asian/Pacific Islander
Method and Approach Codes: structural equation modeling (SEM), resilience, contextual

328-03: Migration For Family and Labour Market Outcomes in Sweden
Brian Gillespie, Clara Mulder, Michael Thomas

Using information on stated motives for migrating among Swedish working-age individuals(N = 1,852), we use multinomial logistic regression to examine whether and how moves for family are linked to labour market outcomes in ways that differ from migration led by more overtly labour-related factors.The results indicate that family-based migration is associated with worse labour market outcomes than migrations for employment. Additionally, family-motivated migrants with coresident children are more likely to experience labour market deterioration than those without children. Among those who were unemployed prior to moving, family-motivated movers were significantly more likely to be employed after the move.These results help us better understand how families and social networks impact economic outcomes €”negatively in some circumstances and positively in others.

-- To explore whether and how internal migration for family reasons impacts labor market outcomes, especially when compared with employment-related migration.
-- To examine the impact of coresidential children on the labor market outcomes of family-motivated migrants.
-- To assess whether or not the family serves as a resource for unemployed migrants.

Subject Codes: migration, employment, work-family issues
Population Codes: international (Non-U.S.), migrant
Method and Approach Codes: quantitative methodology, regression: logistic (binary, ordinal, or multinomial)

328-04: Transnational Families and Bereavement: Understanding Unique Challenges and Protective Factors
Olena Nesteruk, Soo-Bin You

In the context of global migration, transnational families face the challenge of dealing with life-cycle changes and transitionsacross borders and large geographic distances. Major life events, including deaths in the countries of origin, may be particularly difficult for immigrants to cope with. This research examines how U.S. immigrants deal with death and bereavement of family members in the home countries.Based onthe narratives from in-depth personal interviews withimmigrants from diverse backgrounds, this study analyses the factors that create additional challenges or mitigate the experience of bereavement over large distances.We examine the roles of physical presence/ absence at funerals, technology, remittances, acculturation, and the transnational commitments. Recommendations for practitioners working with this population will be offered.

-- Toexamine how immigrants cope with death and bereavement in the transnational context.
-- Toidentify factors that create additional challenges or mitigate the experience of bereavement over large distances.
-- To inform practitioners working with immigrants of the challenges and protective factors in transnational grieving.

Subject Codes: immigration, death, coping
Population Codes: middle adulthood, transnational, migrant
Method and Approach Codes: phenomenology, thematic analysis, multicultural

Facilitator: Chang Su-Russell


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