Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Salt of the Earth: The social suffering of Oaxacan indigenous migrant families as seen through the eyes of social service employees
by Sanchez, Ivon Edith, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 83; 1493181
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine public social service employees' perceptions of the Oaxacan indigenous population. A total of 12 public social service employees were interviewed for this study. The researcher developed the interview guide used in this study.

The reported challenges in working with this population were the language barriers, lack of qualified translators and the difficulty in building trust with members of this population. Participants' ideas for overcoming these barriers included attending additional trainings, partnerships with organizations already successfully working with Oaxacans, and doing more outreach to this community.

More research is needed on the social service needs of the Oaxacan indigenous families living in Ventura County.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1493181
ISBN: 9781124622187
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