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Representations of the migration experience of African adolescents immigrating to Quebec with their families


This qualitative study examined the factors contributing to the development of personal identity in adolescent refugees of African origin who have immigrated to Quebec. To this end, twelve adolescents participated in individual interviews and used self-recording. The study results showed that for these young people personal identity is influenced, directly and indirectly, by personal characteristics, by the environment, and by interpersonal relationships. The factors facilitating identity development, as well as those constraining it, were identified to support improvement of health education among adolescent refugees.