Maturational Opportunities in Migration: Separation-Individuation Perspective.

Julia Mirsky, Yael Peretz

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The psychological research of migration tends to overstress its distress-provoking aspects and neglect the psychological opportunities that immigration presents. Based on the conceptualization of migration as a separation-individuation process, this paper attempts to shed some light on potential growth-promoting factors in migration. Through the narrative of a young woman immigrant, it demonstrates how migration may offer an additional opportunity for psychological maturation and the attainment of autonomy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Emotional Maturity
  • Immigration
  • Narratives
  • Separation Individuation
  • Distress


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