Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Human Development and Family Studies


Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Tera Jordan


Latinx families in the United States are experiencing heightened levels of restrictive immigration policies and anti-immigrant climates (i.e., legal violence, Menjívar & Abrego, 2012). The direct and indirect consequences of such policies and environments on communities, parents, and children are well documented. However, a number of questions regarding the strength and regenerative powers of Latinx families in the midst of living within systems of oppression and violence remain to be addressed. Guided by the Mundane Extreme Environmental Stress model and Ecological Model of Human Development, this study seeks to understand and describe the experiences of Latinx parents (N=15) in the context of legal violence. In particular, the current study used a phenomenological research approach to explore the resilience, regenerative power, and mechanisms that support Latinx parents while contending with institutional racism and discrimination in their lives. The contextual environments that shape the lives of Latinx immigrant families and the factors that may buffer legal violence are critical to improving and developing immigration policies that protect and support the health of children and families, and to direct research towards understanding better factors that keep Latinx families strong.


Copyright Owner

María Belén Alcívar Zúñiga



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168 pages