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Refugee parents’ experiences of coming to Sweden: A qualitative study
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
School of Law, Psychology and Social work, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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2022 (English)In: International Journal of Intercultural Relations, ISSN 0147-1767, E-ISSN 1873-7552, Vol. 91, p. 97-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Each year, millions of people worldwide are forced to leave their homes. Many of those affected are families. There are already a considerable number of initiatives designed to support refugees who are resettling in new countries and cultures. However, few are promotive interventions aiming to support parents and thereby their children through the extraordinary challenges they face. To develop a culturally adaptive intervention, more knowledge about how refugee parents from different countries perceive and handle these challenges is needed. This study explores refugee parents’ own perspectives on the obstacles, challenges and opportunities they faced during their first years in Sweden to guide the future development of promotive interventions for refugee parents. Interviews were conducted with Arabic, Kurdish, and Somali-speaking refugee parents (n = 28; 19 mothers, 9 fathers). The interviews were examined using content analysis. One overarching theme emerged; “The new language is the key for entering social networks and society, and for helping your child in a new country”. The new language was viewed as a key to integration, and to mastering parenthood in the new context. This theme consisted of four categories; “parents’ motivation and hope as driving forces,” “navigating among past and present culture and values”, “loneliness as a risk factor” and “a new way of being a parent and relating to an acculturation gap”. These findings may help guide the development of parenting interventions for refugees, to promote integration and well-being among parents and their children.

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 91, p. 97-109
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Integration, Parenthood, Qualitative study, Refugees
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199831DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2022.08.010ISI: 000894321100009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85138052905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-199831DiVA, id: diva2:1700673
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Vinnova, 2018-05756Karolinska InstituteSwedish Research CouncilUmeå UniversityForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareAvailable from: 2022-10-03 Created: 2022-10-03 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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