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Indochinese Health and Adaptation Research Project (IHARP)

Abstract

This three-year longitudinal study of the migration and resettlement of 739 Southeast Asian refugees - 373 women, 366 men - in San Diego County, California, examined the complex relationships between multiple antecedent life stressors, mediating adaptational resources, and adaptation outcomes. The sample consisted of randomly selected adult participants from Chinese-Vietnamese, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese ethnic groups, representing 437 households. Eligible participants ranged from 25 to 65 years of age. Initial data collection occurred in 1982 and 1983, with a second wave of data collection in 1984. Interview sessions with each participant typically lasted three hours utilizing a structured interview schedule. Interviewers were rigorously trained and ethnically matched with respondents. The Murray Research Archive holds original record paper interviews and coded computer data from each wave. There are both computer and paper data for every cohort except Lao, for which there is only paper data.

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