Narratives in adolescent immigration : understanding barriers in self-identity development
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This thesis examines immigrants' acculturation with a specific focus on adolescents and the development of their self-identity overtime as immigrants in Canada. Adolescence is already a period of change and transition; when it happens in concurrence with the immigrant experience there is another dimension at play. Narrative inquiry was used to find meaning in five personal stories of immigrants. Their stories are a valuable collection of information with insight into the personal, family and societal factors for immigrant adolescence and their identity formation. The findings are limited due to the subjectivity of acculturation and data analysis along with the size and scope of the respondents. Moving forward, an expanded range of interviewees and collaborative partnerships with other scholars and institutions would continue to yield valuable data in this important field.
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