Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Immigration in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Kelley Quirk
  • Libby Poulin
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1015-1


Couple and family therapy is an effective treatment approach for a range of concerns, including the dynamics inherent in the process of immigration. From a systemic perspective, immigration affects not only those individuals who seek or complete immigration from one country to another, but may also have intergenerational and relational effects. Couple and family therapy is an appropriate modality to focus on experiences related to immigration, such as ambiguous loss, acculturation, blended family identities, and anxiety related to deportation. Examination of these concerns from intergenerational transmission and systemic lenses are ideal frameworks.

Theoretical Context for Concept

Several theories guide therapist conceptualization and intervention for those facing immigration-related concerns in couple and family therapy. First, the adversities often related to the process of immigration may be understood through the lens of the minority stress model (Meyer 2003). The...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA