Working with Families of African Caribbean Origin: Understanding Issues around Immigration and Attachment
Many of those who emigrated from the Caribbean to the UK afterWorld War II left behind partners and children, causing thebreak-up of families who were often not reunited for severalyears.In this book, Elaine Arnold examines the psychological impactthat immigration had on these families, in particular with relationto attachment issues. She demonstrates that the disruption causedby separation from both family and country often had long-termtraumatic consequences. The book draws on two studies carried outby the author in 1975 and 2001. In the first, she interviewedmothers who had emigrated without their children, and in thesecond, children (now adults) who had been left behind and werelater reunited with their parents.This insightful book will assist all those working with peopleof African Caribbean origin in the UK to better understand theirexperiences and the impact that separation and loss has had ontheir lives. It is essential reading for social workers,counsellors, therapists and any other professionals working withfamilies of African Caribbean origin.