ERIC Number: ED191641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
American Samoan Families in Transition. A Report.
A study of the adjustment of migrant American Samoan families in five gateway cities (Honolulu, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle) was done with the objectives of learning about the transition experiences of the families, gaining information about the human services provided in these cities, and providing background cultural information about American Samoans. Two out of three Samoans migrated because of overcrowding, lack of economic and educational opportunities, and changing life styles in American Samoa, and it was estimated that 115,000 Samoans would reside in the U.S. by 1980. Informal interviews of 85 families revealed basic adjustment problems in employment, education, interaction with the new community, heavy reliance on public assistance, and display of antisocial behavior. The families themselves identified their major problems as economics, education, health care, family issues, and legal matters. Recommendations were made that Samoans take more responsibility for their own acclimation and adjustment; community and government groups provide more assistance in educational and vocational training; access to health facilities, parental education, and family planning be improved; and communication and research be continued in concert with the American Samoan Government. (JD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education, Community Health Services, Cultural Background, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended Family, Family Environment, Migrant Adult Education, Migrant Education, Migrant Employment, Migrant Problems, Samoan Americans, Socioeconomic Status, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: California; Hawaii; Washington
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