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BECKER, Ana Paula Sesti  e  BORGES, Lucienne Martins. Psychosocial dimensions of migration for the family. Bol. - Acad. Paul. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.35, n.88, pp. 126-144. ISSN 1415-711X.

The growing phenomenon of migration in the contemporary scenario engenders several repercussions in the social, economic and family migrants. Thus, this paper presents the objective of analyzing the psychosocial dimensions of migration in the family context. This is a qualitative study with exploratory, descriptive and crosssectional design. The participants were five immigrant families of different nationalities: American, Argentinian, Bolivian, Peruvian and Haitian. We used semi-structured interview for data collection and analysis of the results, it was decided to categorical content analysis, emerging are four categories of analysis. The data show that the difficulties of housing, language acquisition and financial and work issues are the greatest obstacles in the adaptation process; however, the social support and religious practices have become facilitator aspects in the history of migration of these families. Within the family, changes were noted in the relational dynamics of the members regarding the lack of family members who did not immigrate, and also strengthening the emotional bonds after arrival in the host country. Please note that the migration process affects new standards, values and modes of operation in the familiar universe of migrants, which under different circumstances are vulnerable from a psychic point of view due to the disruption of their context of origin

Palavras-chave : Migration; Family; Cross-cultural Psychology.

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