Psychological and psychiatric aspects of migration : the state of the art by Dan G. HERTZ (notice bibliographique).

Dan G. HERTZ : professor of psychiatry, Hebrew university – Hadassah, Medical school, Jerusalem, Israel


The process of migration was reviewed both in individuais as in families. Comparison has been made between traditional and Westernized families. Risk factors have been pointed out. The move from one environment to another can be considered a crisis situation because the consequences of this change are experienced by the migrant as a localized, time-related and focused life event. The stresses following migration can affect coping patterns and mechanisms which then will become maladaptive. Introducing the concept of crisis in the understanding of the acculturation process of migrants, points out the necessity of accepting the developmental approach in dealing with migrant population.


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