Exploring the Long-Lasting Effects of Multiple Migrations During Childhood on Future Adult Relationships
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The focus of this research project was on the long-term impacts of frequent migration on social development in children, which can influence their social and romantic relationships in adulthood. This paper utilized attachment theory and social-emotional development perspective to explore the long-term impacts of frequent migration on relationships. The literature provided multiple factors in an immigrant’s lifetime, which can impact relationships which are discussed in-depth. The factors discussed include culture, religion, age, connectedness, grief, sexual and gender identity, mental health, and intercultural relationships. The abundance of research done on migrants shows that life experiences can present in infinite ways. However, it also shows that there is an impact on a person’s life when they uproot their whole lives to move to an unfamiliar place. Whether those impacts are adverse or beneficial, frequent immigration is a phenomenon that needs a more substantial narrative. This research portrays the importance of migrants being able to voice their experiences and how relocations influence their identities. This human experience is widespread; however, further research is encouraged to see how this experience shapes social development.