Psychology of Immigration

Overview

Information on the mental health needs of immigrants in the United States

Within Psychology of Immigration 101, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration and Public Interest Directorate have developed information and various tools for mental health professionals, educators, advocates, service providers and members of the public on the mental health needs of immigrants in the United States.

Psychology has a unique and important perspective to offer on this topic. Specifically, psychology advances scientific research, promotes the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, educates and trains psychologists and others who work with immigrants, and informs the development of sound public policy. The Presidential Task Force developed a report based on the most recent research that addresses the psychological factors related to the experience of immigration. The report gives 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.

With this mission, the report’s three major goals are to:

(a) raise awareness about this growing (but poorly understood) population
(b) derive evidence-informed recommendations for the provision of mental health services to immigrants
(c) make recommendations to improve education, research, practice and policy affecting immigrants of all ages and backgrounds.

The tools and resources that are included in Psychology of Immigration 101, such as the Executive Summary, are based on the content of the Presidential Task Force Report on Immigration. Please check back again and often as new tools and resources will be added continuously. 

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