APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration releases new report

The American Psychological Association is pleased to announce the release of Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century, the report of the 2011 APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. 

The Task Force was charged with developing an evidence-based report addressing the psychological factors related to the experience of immigration, with particular attention to the mental and behavioral health needs of immigrants across the lifespan, and the effects of acculturation, prejudice/discrimination and immigration policy on individuals, families and society. 

The report aims to provide researchers, practitioners, educators, graduate students and policymakers with an understanding of the psychological process of immigration and the demographic transformation underway in American society. It also dispels common myths about immigrants and emphasizes the need to value the unique attributes and contributions of immigrant populations, particularly with regard to culture and language.  

The goals of the report are to: 

  • raise awareness about the increasing immigrant population in the United States; 

  • derive evidence-informed recommendations for the provision of mental health services to immigrants; and 

  • make recommendations to improve education, research, practice and policy affecting immigrants of all ages and backgrounds. 

Additional materials: 

Executive summary (PDF, 409KB) 

Web-based resource — Psychology of Immigration 101 

To request hard copies of the full report or executive summary, please send an email.