ERIC Number: ED206790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Indochina Refugees: Families in Turmoil.
Okura, K. Patrick
Many Indochinese refugees in the United States suffer from serious social adjustment problems. These adjustment problems appear to reflect the stress of adapting to American life rather than chronic dysfunction. Particular groups of Indochinese who appear to experience social adjustment problems that are more severe in terms of intensity, frequency or duration are considered "high risk" subgroups. These include: (1) unaccompanied Indochinese children in American foster homes; (2) homebound women and the elderly; (3) drifters, largely consisting of former servicemen; (4) the uneducated; and (5) ethnically isolated refugee groups. Mental health providers should make use of culturally acceptable counseling techniques that integrate traditional values and social practices when handling the Indochinese client. In addition, since most mental health problems reflect family tension and conflict, treatment involving the entire family is preferred. Group counseling activities although underutilized, have proven effective in many areas of social adjustment when conducted with culturally acceptable techniques. Group day treatment has also been beneficial for those suffering from reactive and chronic psychoses, chronic depression, isolation, fears and phobias, eating disorders, and anxiety reactions. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (New York, NY, March 28- April 1, 1981).