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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceived life satisfaction of previously undocumented Latino immigrants
by Tovar, Lidia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 78; 1481746
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the perceived life satisfaction of previously undocumented Latino immigrants. This qualitative study explored the experiences of Latinos of both undocumented and documented immigrants and how their legal status was perceived to relate to their life satisfaction. Through the use of a qualitative research design, the researcher collected data to explore these experiences in depth. Fourteen participants participated in this study. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with Latino adults who were previously undocumented immigrants.

The findings suggest that legal status is perceived to significantly impact an immigrant's wellbeing and overall life satisfaction. The study looked at various life domains which research shows are good indicators of a person's life satisfaction. The objective variables included; employment, family life, health and social interaction, all of which appeared to be affected by a person's legal status. This contributed both directly and indirectly to the participants' perception of their life satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lopez, Rebecca
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1481746
ISBN: 978-1-109-66983-1
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