Resettlement Stress and Family Functioning in Refugees: An Illustrative Review

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April Masarik


Refugees may experience financial, psychological, and familial stress during resettlement. In this presentation, we provide an illustrative review of parenting styles, parent-child relationship quality, and sources of parent-child conflict in refugee families. We provide ideas for future empirical research and practical solutions that might aid refugee families as they resettle.


We are currently facing “The greatest immigration crisis since World War II” (Norton, 2015, p.1). Refugees are subject to the psychological effects of torture, trauma, death of family members, culture shock, economic strains, and linguistic barriers and these stressors may ultimately undermine the health and wellbeing of refugee families. In this presentation, we discuss findings from an illustrative review and specifically address the following questions: What are common parenting styles of refugees? How does acculturation affect parent-child relationships? To what extent does English literacy impact family functioning? We use the Family Stress Model (FSM) as a guiding theoretical framework.

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