ERIC Number: EJ767311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 31
African Immigrant Families in the United States: Surviving the Sociocultural Tide
Obiakor, Festus E.; Afolayan, Michael O.
Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v15 n3 p265-270 2007
There exists a significant yet unique level and magnitude of problems that immigrants of African descent have to grapple with in their efforts to settle down into their new American lives. This fact makes the continuity of the natal culture very difficult. However, in spite of their many problems, African immigrants never lose touch with their African homes altogether. As it stands, many African immigrants see education as the key toward achieving their American dream. Thus, in raising their children and in surviving the cultural shocks, they still manage to succeed. In this article, the authors discuss how and why they survive the sociocultural tide and what counselors and service providers can do to help them.
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Immigrants, African Americans, Cultural Differences, Social Influences, School Counselors, Student Needs, Acculturation, Role of Education, Child Rearing, Family Influence, School Counseling, Counselor Role
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; United States