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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Psychosocial Adjustment Experiences of First-generation, Black, African Men

Abeygael M Wachira, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

When immigrants emigrate from their home countries, they encounter and are socialized into existing social structures in the societies in which they settle. This experience plays a significant role in immigrants’ adjustment experiences, but has received limited attention in research exploring immigrant issues. African men, many of whom are racially categorized as Black or African-American in the United States, suffer invisibility both in research exploring immigrant issues and research exploring Black men in the United States. The adjustment experiences of first-generation, Black, African men are distinctive, especially when considering both their life circumstances before emigrating from their home countries and the sociopolitical circumstances that they encounter in the United States. This phenomenological study explored the psychosocial adjustment experiences of first-generation, Black, African men in the United States. Semi structured interviews was conducted with 12 first-generation, Black, African men who currently reside in the United States and could articulate the phenomenon under investigation. Reflective field notes was also used to add depth to the collected data. Increased knowledge about how first-generation, Black, African men adjust to their new social environment can be very useful, since it may allow service providers and policy makers to better understand and intervene in meaningful ways.

Subject Area

Counseling Psychology

Recommended Citation

Wachira, Abeygael M, "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Psychosocial Adjustment Experiences of First-generation, Black, African Men" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI27548360.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI27548360

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