The focus of this qualitative study was to explore the parental experience of raising an undocumented child, particularly during the transition from high school. The sample consisted of 11 parents. Parents reported several negative feelings, including impotencia, guilt, fear, worry, and frustration. Many stated that their undocumented children's challenges increased as they entered high school. These challenges included school trips, driving without a license, and planning for further education. Coping methods for parents included hope, faith and spirituality, and seeking information about educational and immigration options. Parents spoke of instilling in their children a drive to not give up despite the barriers ahead of them. Several mentioned that their undocumented children's experiences inspired their other children to succeed. The results suggest that social workers should provide information and counseling to these families and should advocate for policy changes to help this vulnerable population.
|Commitee:||Jennings, Lisa, Meyer-Adams, Nancy|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Secondary education, Individual & family studies, Public policy|
|Keywords:||Immigration, Undocumented students|
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