Family environment and self-concept of Palestinian youth living in Jordanian refugee camps

Fayez Al-Smadi1, Adnan Atoum2
1University of Science and Technology, Jordan, Jordan
2Yarmouk University, Jordan
Cite this article:  Al-Smadi, F., & Atoum, A. (2000). Family environment and self-concept of Palestinian youth living in Jordanian refugee camps. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 28(4), 377-386.

Volume 28 Issue 4 | e1036 | Published: August 2000 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2000.28.4.377

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In this paper we report the findings from a study of some Palestinian youth living in Jordanian camps that are considered economically distressed social environments. Variables of interest included parental relationships, family functioning, and self-concept. Results indicate that parent/adolescent relationships are within the normal, expected functional range although difficulties that reflect a more authoritarian parenting style are apparent. The self-concept of this population is moderate to negative. The overall quality of family life appears to be diminished, with a distinct tendency toward more rigid and disengaged patterns of interaction. The results are discussed in reference to sociocultural differences.

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