Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

Major

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Tera Jordan

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20210114-2

Copyright Owner

María Belén Alcívar Zúñiga

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

168 pages

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