Aswad, Barbara C.. Challenges to the Arab-American family and ACCESS

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Title: Challenges to the Arab-American family and ACCESS

Published in: Family and gender among American Muslims: issues facing Middle Eastern immigrants and their descendants, edited by Barbara C. Aswad and Barbara Bilgé

Published By: Family and gender among American Muslims: issues facing Middle Eastern immigrants and their descendants, edited by Barbara C. Aswad and Barbara Bilgé Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996. 223-240, 322 p.

By line: Barbara C. Aswad and Nancy Adadow Gray

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Sodalities (575); Family (590); Health and welfare (740);

Abstract: This article discusses the history of a local Arab-American community center in Dearborn, Michigan, called the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS). The 200,000 Arab Americans in the Detroit area make it the largest concentration of people of Arab origin outside of the Arab world. ACCESS was a grassroots organization formed in 1971 to assist Arab immigrant families with their needs and problems associated with acculturation. The center has grown from assisting 125 families with daily problems and English instruction in it’s first year, to serving 62, 415 people through 42 programs in 1993-1994. The mental-health component of the center has pioneered a multi-service, bilingual, and cultural approach to mental health care. The study discusses some of the major cases, which include marital and parental problems.

Document Number: 30

Document ID: nk09-030

Document Type: essay

Language: English

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Includes bibliographical references (p.238-240)

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 1998

Coverage Date: 1971-1994

Coverage Place: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Arab Americans

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