Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of Mexican Immigrant Graduates' Identity Experiences During Their MFT Programs
by Iribe, Elizabeth, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2019, 104; 13886379
Abstract (Summary)

The experiences of Mexican immigrant students are underrepresented in the existing research in the field of marriage and family therapy (MFT). Many studies have explored the experiences of Latinx in educational settings and similar fields and some have focused on immigrant students in graduate school from second, third, and higher generation; however, there is not a single study of Mexican immigrant students in MFT programs. The literature also reveals that some studies have focused on high school level students, leaving room to explore the stories of immigrants in higher education. The number of immigrant MFT students and practicing therapists is increasing rapidly (California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences, 2007); hence, graduate programs would benefit from increasing the level of diversity awareness in this field. It is unusual to run into Latinx students in MFT programs, especially those who identify as immigrants (E. Kim & Díaz, 2013). This qualitative phenomenological study explored Mexican immigrant graduates’ identity experiences during their MFT programs using social identity theory (SIT) as a frame of reference. Findings of the study highlighted five major themes (a) lack of representation, (b) the need for cultural competence in academia, (c) academic challenges, (d) internal challenges, and (e) role of support.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Espinoza, Sandra
Commitee: Davis, Sean, Nino, Alba
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Identity, Identity experiences, Immigrant graduates, MFT programs, Mexican, Mexican immigrant
Publication Number: 13886379
ISBN: 978-1-392-22466-3
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