Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Finding a voice: A narrative of a young Mexican immigrant
by Villalobos, Nayeli, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 78; 1499222
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gurrola, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1499222
ISBN: 978-1-124-85276-8
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