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Management Researchers Fabian and Kinnamon Secure TBR Diversity Grant

Management Researchers Fabian and Kinnamon Secure TBR Diversity Grant

Francis FabianDepartment of Management professor Dr. Frances Fabian and PhD student Eric Kinnamon, along with Dr. Gabriela Carrasco at the University of North Alabama, have been awarded a Tennessee Board of Regents Diversity Grant to study the links between fitting in with a new community and individual stress levels among immigrants. The researchers argue in their study, titled 'Acculturation and Individual Stress: How Fitting in is Related to Stress', that immigration is a vital part of diversity in our society, and will likely continue to increase nationally as globalization drives the movement and allocation of both jobs and occupations beyond traditional community boundaries. This paper accepts that immigrants are an important resource to our communities, and as such should be examined to determine when and why healthy acculturation (i.e., adaptation to a new culture) occurs. We know from the literature that immigrants have a great deal of stressors that may both influence their emotional and mental functionality (Antecol & Bedard, 2006; Berry, 2007) as well as influence the community they enter (Allen, 2005). This paper hopes to determine how individuals with different adapting strategies (i.e., acculturation styles) will fare mentally and emotionally. In the end, we hope that this study will provide government officials, community organizers, and individuals working with foreign-born individuals, minorities, and members of disadvantaged groups, information and guidelines to promote healthy acculturation.

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