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Title: Psychological Distress of Immigrant Population in Host School Systems and the Critical Period for Second Language Development: A Review.
Authors: Figueiredo, Sandra
Martins, Maria Margarida Alves d'Orey
Silva, Carlos Fernandes da
Keywords: Psychological distress
Ethnic differences
School achievement
Critical period
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Figueiredo, Sandra Deolinda Andrade de Bastos; Maria Margarida Alves d'Orey Martins; Carlos Fernandes da Silva. Psychological Distress of Immigrant Population in Host School Systems and the Critical Period for Second Language Development: A Review. Clinical and Experimental Psychology, 4, 2, 192-192, 2018.
Abstract: Immigrant students attending schools in the host country have different cognitive, cultural and linguistic backgrounds that might influence their inclusion process. This process is enhanced by success attained in academic context and by psychological adaptation. Academic difficulties and limited proficiency could motivate psychological distress and anxiety levels that constraint development and learning of newer immigrants’ generation. Maladaptive behaviours might occur with different severity among non-native school children attending to their ethnic differences, cultural traits, length of residence and age. Also the maturational characteristics that interfere with the achievement of native children are probably different from the cognitive maturation that explain the performance of immigrant students, in the same schooling years. In this critical review two main concerns are explored as research based evidence and also as theoretical hypotheses: how distinct immigrant groups differ in psychological distress according to pre-migration and post-migration experiences, and how immigration may change the cognitive processing abilities and the brain development.
Peer Reviewed: yes
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.4172/2471-2701.1000192
ISSN: 2471-2701
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