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The Colonial Context of Filipino American Immigrants’ Psychological Experiences

David, E. J. R. ; Nadal, Kevin L.

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2013, Vol.19(3), pp.298-309 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    The Colonial Context of Filipino American Immigrants’ Psychological Experiences
  • Autore: David, E. J. R. ; Nadal, Kevin L.
  • Descrizione: Because of the long colonial history of Filipinos and the highly Americanized climate of postcolonial Philippines, many scholars from various disciplines have speculated that colonialism and its legacies may play major roles in Filipino emigration to the United States. However, there are no known empirical studies in psychology that specifically investigate whether colonialism and its effects have influenced the psychological experiences of Filipino American immigrants prior to their arrival in the United States. Further, there is no existing empirical study that specifically investigates the extent to which colonialism and its legacies continue to influence Filipino American immigrants’ mental health. Thus, using interviews ( N = 6) and surveys ( N = 219) with Filipino American immigrants, two studies found that colonialism and its consequences are important factors to consider when conceptualizing the psychological experiences of Filipino American immigrants. Specifically, the findings suggest that (a) Filipino American immigrants experienced ethnic and cultural denigration in the Philippines prior to their U.S. arrival, (b) ethnic and cultural denigration in the Philippines and in the United States may lead to the development of colonial mentality (CM), and (c) that CM may have negative mental health consequences among Filipino American immigrants. The two studies’ findings suggest that the Filipino American immigration experience cannot be completely captured by the voluntary immigrant narrative, as they provide empirical support to the notion that the Filipino American immigration experience needs to be understood in the context of colonialism and its most insidious psychological legacy— CM.
  • Fa parte di: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2013, Vol.19(3), pp.298-309
  • Soggetti: Filipino Americans ; Immigrants ; Colonial Mentality ; Internalized Oppression ; Mental Health
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Identificativo: ISSN: 1099-9809 ; E-ISSN: 1939-0106 ; DOI: 10.1037/a0032903

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