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Vulnerability, psychopathology, and creativity of the children and adolescents of migrants 

Vulnerability, psychopathology, and creativity of the children and adolescents of migrants
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Vulnerability, psychopathology, and creativity of the children and adolescents of migrants
Author(s):

Marie-Rose Moro

, Laelia Benoit

, Manon Lebozec

, Sevan Minassian

, Alice Titia Rizzi

, and Rahmeth Radjack

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0014
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date: 18 May 2021

Children and adolescents who grow up between two cultures (the culture of their parents, and the culture of the country where they live) are in a vulnerable transcultural situation. This chapter reviews three periods of vulnerability. At first, in the immediate postnatal phase, it describes the effects of migration on migrant women and their babies. Then, when the child enters school he/she is confronted for the first time by the outside world. It also questions the challenge of identity construction during the adolescent period. If this vulnerability is not an outcome, it can sometimes become a psychopathology. Some examples in connection with the transcultural context are detailed: suicidal risk, anorexia nervosa, addiction, and refusal to go to school. Finally, it describes some specific situations such as identity questions of the adopted children (international adoption) and the care of unaccompanied immigrant minors.

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