Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Brenda J. Lohman


Resilience is a social and cultural learning process that is practiced and achieved by individuals. Positioning resilience as part of individuals' interactions with people in their community and the use of tools available in their environment allows researchers to identify different possibilities for interventions. This dissertation is a qualitative study, exploring the development of resilience of Latinas both theoretically and methodologically, introducing relevant information regarding both individual actions and collective activities that help these women address conditions of social vulnerability and withstand adversity (Zolli & Healy, 2012; Carter, 2007). Qualitative data provided rich information using transnational Latinas' own words and lived experiences to convey and describe the ways they recuperate or bounced back from life challenging events. Additionally, through Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) merged with Transnational Feminist Theory, this study demonstrates a concrete method for the analysis of the cultural, historical, and social aspects of the resiliency practices of transnational Latina immigrants to the U.S. Midwest, highlighting the necessity for ethnographic evidence to investigate the phenomenon (Carter, 2007). Furthermore, framing resilience development as an agentive activity from a CHAT perspective provides the opportunity to identify and examine specific motive(s) driving Latinas' objects of achieving their material and emotional goals.


Copyright Owner

Angelica S. Reina



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321 pages