ERIC Number: ED401297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Research Perspectives on Constructs of Change: Intercultural Migration and Developmental Transitions.
Laosa, Luis M.
In every society there are predictable and normative events, often connected to biological change, that demand personal change from the individual. In contrast with these are other critical life events, less predictable and less prevalent, that place extreme demands on the individual for personal change and adaptation. These extraordinary events include intercultural transitions, particularly those associated with international migration. In recent years the need for research on this type of life transition has increased, largely as a result of significant changes in immigration trends and the ethnocultural mix of the nation's population. A multifaceted, complex, and consequential event, intercultural migration poses special challenges as the subject of scientific inquiry, even as it provides a unique window for viewing processes of change and adaptation. Some of these needs, challenges, and opportunities are identified in this paper, and discussed in the context of research perspectives and the constructs of change. (Contains 77 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at the National Symposium of International Migration and Family Change (University Park, PA, November 2-3, 1995).