A Phenomenological Study of Family Experiences of Resettled Iraqi Refugees

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Using a cross-sectional, phenomenological design, this qualitative study sought to explore Iraqi refugees' experiences of family relationships resettled in a northeastern city in the United States after the start of the 2003 war. Participants' experience of family relationships was situated within the context of their displacement, which included fear and uncertainty during displacement, and experiences of safety and isolation during resettlement. Themes related to family relationships were as follows: shared experiences of losses; increased trust between family members; shifts in communication and gender roles; and constructing a family legacy. Findings from this study indicate that family relationships play a central role in making meaning of forced displacement and resettlement experiences, which have significant clinical implications for family therapists working with refugees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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