Factors affecting psychological distress within the Hmong refugee community

University Microfilms InternationalAnn Arbor, Mich. • Published In 1990 • Pages: 4, 15, 188

By: Cappelletty, Gordon Guy, II.

This is a study of the Hmong refugees in Merced County, California and factors that have contributed to psychological distress in this group in the process of adapting to American culture. To study this phenomenon questionnaires were administered to a sample of the Hmong community, and the results were analyzed statistically. The findings indicate that migration variables, such as the number of months spent in a refugee camp, were significant influences in the level of distress within the sample group. In addition, three other main processes were operative in adaptation: the learned helplessness process, the family influences constellation, and the Americanization process. 'While the learned helplessness process and the family influences constellation produced similar types of distress, the Americanization process was relatively unique in the manner in which individuals adapted. In addition, it was found that bicultural individuals experienced less distress and were generally better adjusted than either individuals who held more traditional beliefs or those who had become Americanized' (p. 146).
Theoretical orientation in research and its results
Interviewing in research
Tests and schedules administered in the field
Organization and analysis of results of research
Drives and emotions
Personality disorders
Acculturation and culture contact
North American Hmong
HRAF PubDate
North America
Sub Region
Regional, Ethnic and Diaspora Cultures
Document Type
Creator Type
Document Rating
4: Excellent Secondary Data
John Beierle ; 1991
Field Date
No date
Coverage Date
ca. 1975-1983
Coverage Place
Merced County, California, United States
[by] Gordon Guy Cappelletty, II
UM 8709362
Includes bibliographical references (p. 148-154)
Thesis (Ph.D.) - California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno, 1986
Hmong Americans