Deliver us from evil: The role of faith and family in coping with stress among African migrants in Australia

Ikafa, Irene and Hack-polay, Dieu (2019) Deliver us from evil: The role of faith and family in coping with stress among African migrants in Australia. Social Work and Social Science Review, 20 (3). pp. 88-107. ISSN 1746-6105

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1921/swssr.v20i3.1324

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Abstract

The paper examines stressors affecting involuntary and voluntary African
migrants in Australia and how they cope with stress. Using semi-structured interviews, the
paper examines the experiences of 30 African migrants in Australia. Most participants used
a diversity of strategies including the reliance of divine intervention and family –usually
constructed by alliance rather than kinship -to cope with stress. The key contribution of the
paper is to go beyond traditional integration strategies to highlight the significance of faith
and family as remedies to ‘deliver’ the migrants from the obstacles to effective resettlement
and psychological healing.

Keywords:African migrants, Stress, Faith, Family, Resettlement, Coping strategies.
Subjects:L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
L Social studies > L500 Social Work
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:39276
Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 09:43

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