Predictors of acculturative hassles among Vietnamese refugees in Norway: ResultS from a long-term longitudinal study

Laila Tingvold, Aina Basilier Vaage, James Allen, Tore Wentzel-Larsen, Thong Van ta, Edvard Hauff

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Abstract

We investigated acculturative hassles in a community cohort of Vietnamese refugees in Norway (n = 61), exploring cross-sectional data and longitudinal predictors of acculturative hassles using data from their arrival in Norway in 1982 (T1), with follow up in 1985 (T2) and in 2005–2006 (T3). To our knowledge, this is the first longitudinal study of predictors of acculturative hassles in a refugee population. Results indicated that more communication problems and less Norwegian language competence were related to most hassles at T3. Higher psychological distress, lower quality of life, lower self-reported state of health, and less education at T3 were associated with higher levels of hassles at T3. More psychological distress at T2 and less education at arrival (T1) were significant predictors for more acculturative hassles at T3. These data suggest that addressing psychological distress during the early phase in a resettlement country may promote long-term refugee adjustment and, in particular, reduce exposure to acculturative hassles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-714
Number of pages15
JournalTranscultural Psychiatry
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Vietnamese
  • acculturative hassles
  • health outcomes
  • mental health
  • psychological distress
  • refugees

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