22 Int'l Migration Rev. 208 (1988)

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Migrant Careers and Well-Being
of Women'


Judith Freidenberg,  Ph.D.2
Mount  Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York
Graciela  Imperiale, M.A.
Ph.D. Program  in Educational Psychology, City University of New York
Mary   Louise Skovron,  Dr. P.H.
Mount  Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York


      This article deals with the psychosocial adjustment of Latin American
      female migrants  in the United  States. The  analysis focuses on how
      changes in employment,   marital status, family structure and life-style
      affect subjective assessments of well-being.  Using  qualitative and
      quantitative research methods,   the role of these social factors was
      explored.

BACKGROUND

The  increase in female migration,3  the heterogeneity  in social class back-
grounds   of migrants,4 and  the inflow  of Latin Americans,   provide  the
historical and  structural framework   for the study  of Argentine  women
presented  in this article.
   In conceptualizing migration as a process of change, characteristics of both
the country of origin and destination need to be taken into account. Argentina


  I Fieldwork and data analysis leading to the preparation of this paper was supported by an
NIMH  National Service Award (I F32 MHO8525-01). Judith Herbstein ( Freidenberg), Principal
Investigator. Portions of this paper were presented at the Cultural Pluralism Seminar, Columbia
University (New York) under the title Migration as a Process of Change: Its Influence On
Well-Being, on October 1, 1984. We owe thanks to Dr. Joan Turner (Ph.D. Program in
Anthropology, CUNY), and to Dr. Michael Mulvihill and Dr. Mary Louise Skovron (Epi-
demiology Division, Department of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) for
providing insightful comments on the content and the organization of this paper. We also thank
Dr. Samuel W. Bloom ( Division of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Community Medicine,
Mount Sinai School of Medicine) for providing valuable feedback throughout the duration of the
migration project.
  2 Formerly Herbstein.
  3 The Immigration Act of 1965 gives priority to family reunification, asylum for refugees and
  needed skills and professions (Commission on Population Growth and the American Future,
  1972:200). For the increase in female migration, see Houston, et al., 1984.
  4 Immigration and Naturalization Services Annual Reports.
  208  IMR  Volume  xxii, No. 2

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