Upon migrating to a new country immigrants face a number of challenges and potential stressors. This narrative sheds light on the experiences of Latino immigrants to the United States. The author discusses the multiple dimensions of acculturative stress she faced as a young Mexican immigrant. These stressors included having to overcome language barriers, adapting to neighborhoods and schools, and the loss of family support structures. These challenges, however, were further complicated by larger societal and environmental factors including her family's socioeconomic status, the anti-immigrant climate and her undocumented legal status. The author shares her experiences of loneliness and isolation and offers insight about the importance of individual and institutional support structures to immigrant adaptation and well-being.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Hispanic American studies|
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