Pre and Post Migration Stressors and Marital Relations among Arab Refugee Families in Canada

Topic :Research Report
Time: Nov 14, 2017

This study identifies the pre and post migration stressors faced by Arab refugees in Canada. It looks at the pre-migration stressors, which influence their self-concept and interpersonal relationships with immediate and extended family members. These can also affect their sense of belonging to their ethnic, national, religious or cultural groups as well as their relationships with individuals in Canada. In addition, it provides insight on post-migration challenges that influence traditional family structure and gender-roles and may create a shift within family dynamics that inhibits their ability to adapt to the new culture.



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  • Abdallah Badahdah, PhD, Director, DIFI Family Research Department;
  • Lynda M. Ashbourne, PhD, University of Guelph;
  • Mohammed Baobaid, PhD, Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration;
  • Dora Tam, PhD, University of Calgary;
  • Abir Al Jamal, MSW, Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration


Research Grant

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) has launched the OSRA research grant in its sixth cycle which is a research grant on Arab families and family policy related issues.

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