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Title: Achieving Outcomes for Children and Families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid ; Guilfoyle, Andrew (author); Kulisa, J (author); Targowska, A (author); Teather, S (author)
Corporate Author: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: Migration, even within a country, means leaving behind family, friends, community and culture and moving to another place. Research on sojourners and long term migrants shows a typical U-curve of adjustment and corresponding theories of culture shock, culture learning, stress and coping, social identification and cultural synergy. All migrants demonstrate a transition process, with a downturn in coping for some period, which rebuilds into adjustment. Migrants will initially struggle to create new identities in a new culture whilst simultaneously trying to maintain who they are, and fundamental beliefs and values in relation to their home culture. At the same time, migrants often experience various levels of both overt and covert racism which makes the adjustment process more difficult. For many, the downwards component of the adjustment spiral becomes elongated and manifests into a poor level of confidence which does not restore itself. Ongoing prejudice and systemic racism, if present, can exacerbate this lack of confidence and creates a level of discomfort in the new culture which becomes very difficult to overcome. Our position is that the ability to move out of this bottom point in the curve depends on the unique context in which each individual finds him/herself, interactions between different aspects of that unique context and the support made available.
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
Place of Publication: Perth, WA, Australia
ISBN: 9781921352232
Field of Research (FOR): 160301 Family and Household Studies
200103 International and Development Communication
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Category Description: R1 Report
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Series Name: Evidence into Action Topical Paper
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