Priscilla Ekberg Bernasol

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The starting point of this thesis is a critique of the mainstream research on immigration, which motivated me to study resourceful immigrants. I assumed that immigration is a complex process, where the conditions surrounding it contain risk and stress factors, which could influence the immigrants´ mental health. Based on sociocultural psychology presented by Valsiner and Rosa, I wished to understand the immigrants on the basis of their sociocultural context and on the basis of the conditions I assumed forms their experience with immigration. Based on Antonovsky´s theory of salutogenesis I wished to study how the immigrants cope with these conditions and how it affects the immigrants’ mental health. To get the immigrant´s perspectives, I carried out three qualitative interviews with young, resourceful immigrants from United States, Nigeria and the Philippines. The interviews were structured so that they could express themselves freely about what meaning it entails for them to immigrate. The stories show that the sociocultural context and the conditions surrounding their stay, has indeed formed their immigration experience, their choices and their life trajectories. They also show that the immigrants experience the conditions differently. In some periods the immigrants find it difficult to cope with the conditions and the demands they meet and as a consequence their mental health suffers. Through the support of family and friends, their faith in themselves and the future and also their flexibility and willingness to take risks they have been able to maintain a sense of coherence and thus a good mental health.

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 feb. 2014
VejledereAnne Liveng & Rashmi Singla


  • sociokulturel psykologi
  • salutogenese
  • Immigration