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Counselling minority migrant groups : supporting Maltese-Australian females and their descendants affected by acculturation stress

Vella, Rose Marie (2008) Counselling minority migrant groups : supporting Maltese-Australian females and their descendants affected by acculturation stress. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the counseiUng needs of ethnic migrant groups, in particular the counselling needs of Maltese-Australian females and their female descendants. Research indicates that some Maltese migrants in Australia have experienced acculturation difficulties. Maltese- Australian women record a high prevalence of depression. Reports indicate that children of Maltese- Australian migrants experience lower self- esteem and more parent-child conflict than their Anglo- Australian peers. Research indicates that some members of the Maltese- Australian community, in particular Maltese -Australian females experience more mental illness than other groups and that this may be attached to experiences of unresolved acculturation stress. Children of Maltese- Australian females are at risk of being affected by trans-generational acculturation stress Theraputic interventions for Maltese-Australian females need to target specific cultural needs, identity confusion and experiences of unresolved acculturation stress. An integrated trans- theoretical model of counselling was recommended and included a culturally focused Narrative, Existential and Family therapeutic model for Maltese- Australian females and their female descendants.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
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Master of Counselling

Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural assimilation, Maltese Australians, Australia, ethnic identity, counselling, women, migrants
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 06:38
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 02:58
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/33026
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