Date of Award

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Gerry L. White

Abstract

This study explored the effects of biculturalism and acculturation on adjustment in Nigerian-American women. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences was utilized to analyze data gathered through a self-administered electronic survey and a subsequent voluntary focus group discussion. An analysis of thirty first-generation and first-generation Transplant Nigerian-American women, 63.3 percent identified as Nigerian-American, suggesting that Nigerian-American women are more likely to adopt a bicultural ethnic identity. An analysis of the focus group discussion also indicated that Nigerian-American women are more likely to adopt the value system of their Nigerian culture and endure certain acculturative experiences that may be unique to the population. The findings of this study offer insight into the multidimensionality of biculturalism and have implications for the significance of cultural sensitivity in the provision of services by social workers.

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