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Adjusting to Social Change: A Multi-level Analysis in Three Cultures
Final rept. 17 Jun 2010-16 Jun 2012
BRUNEL UNIV UXBRIDGE (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Psychologists have long been interested in examining response to stressful life transitions, but little attention has been paid to the longer-term implications of major life transitions, or group and cultural differences in coping with such change. One major challenge faced by many societies is the impact of large-scale internal population movement. In the project reported here, we have brought together experts in social change, relationships and culture, and multi-level modeling to examine responses to large, potentially destabilizing migrations in China, Georgia and the US. The research has involved the analysis of two sets of archival data a a multi-level questionnaire study conducted in all 3 countries addressing migrant experiences of internal migration N450 and b 36 qualitative interviews conducted with local stakeholders and community leaders into the local impact of this migration. Multi-level analyses consider individual, group and cultural variations in migrant experience thematic analyses local responses to this population movement. Findings address significant unresolved scientific issues concerning responses to major societal challenges across societal sub-groups and cultures. They have applied value to military forces whose presence is often associated with the large-scale movement of civilian populations, and who need to better understand the resettlement and integration of migrant groups into local communities. A follow-on effort has been awarded as Grant 12-2117, Contract Number FA8655-12-1-2117, and is funded through May 2013.
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