Collaborative Care for an Immigrant Couple

  • Jo Ellen Patterson
  • Todd M. Edwards
  • Gene A. Kallenberg
  • Sol D'Urso

According to the US Census Bureau, 28.4 million people living in the USA are immigrants, accounting for 10.4% of the population. Immigration is a transition accompanied by a myriad of losses, including loss of family and friends, and the loss of a familiar language, customs, and rituals. It is also accompanied by attempts to form an identify affiliation in a new culture, which places families in two worlds (old and new) and yet not quite fitting in either one. Therapy can help families balance change and stability, “so that a sense of continuity, identity, and stability can be maintained while new patterns of behavior, interactions, or beliefs evolve.” The family described in this chapter provides an illustration of the challenges associated with continuity and change for immigrant families, particularly changes in the marital structure that may occur during and after the transition.


Sexual Desire Immigrant Family Collaborative Care Cultural Stereotype Collaborative Care Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo Ellen Patterson
    • 1
  • Todd M. Edwards
    • 1
  • Gene A. Kallenberg
    • 2
  • Sol D'Urso
    • 1
  1. 1.Marital and Family Therapy ProgramUniversity of California at San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family and Preventive MedicineUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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