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The Role of Psychologists in International Migration Research: Complementing Other Expertise and an Interdisciplinary Way Forward

Schwartz, Seth J and Walsh, Sophie D and Ward, Colleen and Geeraert, Nicolas and Tartakovsky, Eugene and Weisskirch, Robert S and Vedder, Paul and Makarova, Elena and Bardi, Anat and Birman, Dina and Oppedal, Brit and Benish-Weisman, Maya and Lorenzo-Blanco, Elma I and Güngör, Derya and Stevens, Gonneke WJM and Benet-Martínez, Veronica and Titzmann, Peter F and Silbereisen, Rainer K (2020) 'The Role of Psychologists in International Migration Research: Complementing Other Expertise and an Interdisciplinary Way Forward.' Migration Studies. ISSN 2049-5838

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Abstract

This research note addresses the current and potential future role of psychologists in the study of international migration. We review ways in which psychologists have contributed to the study of migration, as well as ways in which psychological scholarship could be integrated with work from other social science fields. Broadly, we discuss four major contributions that psychology brings to the study of international migration—studying migrants’ internal psychological experiences, incorporating a developmental perspective, conducting experimental studies, and integrating across levels of analysis. Given the position of psychology as a ‘hub science’ connecting more traditional social sciences with health and medical sciences, we argue for a more prominent role for psychologists within the study of international migration. Such a role is intended to complement the roles of other social scientists and to create a more interdisciplinary way forward for the field of migration studies. The research note concludes with an agenda for further scholarship on migration.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2020 18:55
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2020 19:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26417

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