Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors Influencing Transgender Latina Immigrants' Decision to Immigrate to the United States: A Qualitative Study
by Mora-Lett, Olivia, Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work, 2018, 197; 10984942
Abstract (Summary)

Immigration in the last 10 years has increased the presence of transgender Latina immigrants (TLI) in the U.S., or those immigrants who identify with a gender different than the one assigned at birth. This qualitative study examined TLI’s reasons for coming to the U.S. and their pre, during, and post migration experiences. Twenty TLI from México, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador participated in semi-structured individual interviews in an integrated care clinic between June 2017 and August 2017. This study found that TLI continue to leave their countries in search of protection and gender affirming experiences. Using grounded theory, the following six themes emerged: relationships, society, gender norms, identity, supports and survival. Storylines that emerged included lack of support and rejection, suffering, and feeling fearful about returning to their countries. Ecological systems theory and intersectionality theory were used as theoretical frameworks, and implications for social work, research and policy were addressed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Corbin, Joanne
Commitee: Evans, Tyler B., LaTerz, Jean
School: Smith College School for Social Work
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, LGBTQ studies, Latin American Studies
Keywords: immigration, latinas, transgender
Publication Number: 10984942
ISBN: 978-0-438-37834-6
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