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The Adaptation of Southeast Asian Refugee Youth: A Comparative Study

Final Report, Washington, D.C., U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, 1988

205 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2011  

Rubén G. Rumbaut

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology

Kenji Ima

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 1987

Abstract

This report presents the results of a comparative study conducted in 1986-87 in San Diego, California, of the adaptation of refugee youth from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The project examined both successes and problems of these refugee youth regarding their educational and occupational attainments and aspirations, and evaluated their prospects for economic self-sufficiency in the United States. Data were drawn from the Indochinese Health & Adaptation Research Project (IHARP) longitudinal surveys, the San Diego City Schools (including complete academic histories), the San Diego County Probation Department, and intensive qualitative interviews with 76 informants. Findings are presented in the following areas: (1) characteristics of San Diego high school students; (2) grade point averages of San Diego high school students; (3) characteristics of Southeast Asian students and their parents; (4) grade point averages of Southeast Asian students; (5) standardized test achievement scores; (6) determinants of educational attainment; (7) occupational aspirations of Southeast Asian students; (8) problem areas: student dropouts, school suspensions, and juvenile delinquency; (9) adaptive resources: social class and cultural characteristics; (10) adaptive contexts: family, school, and community; and (11) adaptive strategies: acculturation and coping. Data are presented in 50 figures and tables.

Keywords: Refugee Youth, Immigration, Southeast Asian Families, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, Educational Achievement, Occupational Aspirations, Adaptation, Acculturation, School Dropouts, School Suspensions, Juvenile Delinquency

Suggested Citation

Rumbaut, Rubén G. and Ima, Kenji, The Adaptation of Southeast Asian Refugee Youth: A Comparative Study (1987). Final Report, Washington, D.C., U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, 1988 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881903

Rubén G. Rumbaut (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology ( email )

3151 Social Sciences Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697-5100
United States

Kenji Ima

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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