Trauma and Resilience Among Refugee and Undocumented Immigrant Women

Author(s): Rachael D. GOODMAN ; Colleen K. VESELY ; Bethany LETIECQ ; Carol L. CLEAVELAND


Migration and resettlement processes are often characterized by stressful and traumatic experiences. Immigrants may experience premigration trauma in their countries of origin and trauma during their migration journey. Furthermore, refugee and undocumented immigrant women navigate unique and ongoing stressors postmigration. In this study, the authors used a phenomenological approach to explore refugee and undocumented immigrant women’s experiences of trauma and stress and the ways in which they develop resilience to cope with these experiences.

Tags:  United States, Refugees, Undocumented migrants, Women, Traumatic life events, Resilience

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