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Mirsky, J. Peretz, Y. (2006). Maturational Opportunities in Migration: Separation-Individuation Perspective. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(1):51-64.

(2006). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(1):51-64

Maturational Opportunities in Migration: Separation-Individuation Perspective

Julia Mirsky, Ph.D. and Yael Peretz

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.

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