Development of acculturation among the Maghrebi youth born in France: attitudes, identities and gender related strategies. Bulletin ARIC (2009), 47, 71-91

    Children of migrants find themselves at the crossroads of many logical universes and sens of belonging; this constitutes a richness but can also be the source of difficulties. Indeed, their socialization takes place either simultaneously or in a parallel way within two distinct and autonomous cultural environments, one emotionally linked to their family life, the other linked to the exterior social world, and their significance can be perceived as contradictory. One of the developmental tasks of second-generation youth is managing the co-existence of their personal developmental and social adaptation needs with parental expectations. Therefore, they have to cope with specific difficulties that haven’t been extensively described in literature. How will their competences be developed in order to adequately function in two different cultural contexts. How will they cope with the unbalance created by the differences related to the norms, values and lifestyles of both the host country and the country of origin.

    Furthermore, gender aspects are being taken into account and this is of trending theoretical interest, especially for first generation migrants who need to reconcile their role of transmitters of traditional values with their prospective aspirations of autonomy.

    This research focuses on the gender differences in the acculturation process during adolescence among young Maghrebis born in France.

Chronicle of a suffering family. How are resonances used as a therapeutic leverage in a family shattered by the empowerment of a teenager caught between two cultures. Thérapie familiale (2012), 33(3), Genève, 263-277

    Society changes of the 20th century resulted in a focus on self fulfillment, thus creating a challenge towards traditional family organization. The consequences on the family of this individualism will be studied here through the empowerment of a younger sibling dealing with antagonist cultural codes. The use of resonance as a therapeutic leverage will be examined in order to understand the issues in this family. Taking the emotional experience into account during the therapy has helped us discover the common theme which made every family member resound, as well as the dysfunctional configuration that we were reinforcing by replaying a fruitless script with them. With a wealth of experience we were able to rebalance our alliances in order to allow each and everyone access to an exit door from the role they were stuck in, therefore offering them the possibility to write a new script.