Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Secil Erdogan PhD

April 24, 2012

Secil Erdogan successfully defended her PhD dissertation, Identity Formation and Acculturation: The Case of Karen Refugees in London, Ontario. In her research she studied the impact of identity, mental health, and demographic factors on the acculturation strategies of Karen refugees who were resettled in London, Canada. She found that poor identity and mental health results were significantly related to negative acculturation strategies, such as segregation. Her study also highlighted the fact that concerns about work were paramount for refugees. Improving newcomers’ access to education and the job market appears to be a key factor in enabling positive acculturation strategies, such as integration and assimilation. Read more

Congratulations, Secil!