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Paradise lost: older Cuban American exiles' ambiguous loss of leaving the homeland

TitleParadise lost: older Cuban American exiles' ambiguous loss of leaving the homeland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPerez, RM
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume56
Pagination596-622
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number23972142
KeywordsAged, Aging, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Culture, Emigration and Immigration, Ethnopsychology/methods, Female, Hispanic Americans/ethnology/psychology, Humans, Life Change Events, Male, New Jersey/ethnology, New York/ethnology, Qualitative Research, Time
AbstractTo explore the experience of leaving Cuba, 2 Cuban American emigres interviewed 20 Cuban exiles aged 65 or older, who left Cuba between 1959 and 1971. The interviews were conducted in New York and New Jersey using a phenomenological approach (Moutsakas, 1994). Themes included feeling betrayed by the Revolution, the inevitability of leaving, the expectation of a temporary refuge, and longing for and idealizing the past. The psychological presence that participants expressed, along with an endless sense of loss, resonates with ambiguous loss theory (Boss, 2006)-themes that have yet to be explored in the literature and that have research and practice implications.