The narcissistic injury and psychopathology of migration: The case of a Nicaraguan man

Efrain A. Gonzalez, Ruby A. Natale, Claudia Pimentel, Robert C. Lane

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Abstract

Cultural and ethnic issues commonly surface as important therapeutic themes among many minority patients. Identity formation, self-concept, perception, and the effects of migration on the aetiology of psychiatric symptomatology are reviewed. Trauma resulting from migration, stress, and prolonged affect- laden situations in the precipitation and onset of physical disease and illness is discussed. A clinical presentation of a 68-year-old Nicaraguan man is presented to highlight the aforementioned issues, i.e., traumatization, the development of psychopathology, and the onset of physical illness as a result of forced migration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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