The Adversities Individuals Experience Growing Up in the United States with Mexican Immigrant Parents

Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore deeper into the adversities that first generation individuals face growing up in the United States with Mexican immigrant parents. This study focused on gathering information on different adversity categories, which are: socioeconomic status, English as a second language, machismo ideals, identity issues and fear of parent’s deportation. The research was done by interviewing five individuals that met the following qualifications: identify as first generation Mexican American and were raised by Mexican immigrant parents. In order to breach the disproportionate rates of child welfare involvement, it is important to understand the narrative of first generation individuals and highlight some important causes as to why these adversities are occurring. This research will aim to provide service providers more content on the needs and services to provide to this population.

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