Event Title

Influence of Culture on Young Latinas Resilience: A Qualitative Study

Location

Schroeder Complex Room 112

Start Date

26-3-2010 9:00 AM

Document Type

Event

End Date

26-3-2010 9:50 AM

Abstract

There are currently 14.4 million Latinas in the U.S., many of which find ways to be resilient in spite of discrimination, prejudice, and anti-immigrant sentiment. Thirty Mexican American middle and high school girls (mean age = 13.4, 21.4% immigrant) were asked to discuss stress, coping and the influence of culture, gender, family, and school on well-being and goals for the future. Interviews from six focus groups (four to seven members each) were analyzed from grounded theory. Findings indicate that participants had negative experiences related to being Latina yet maintained a positive view of being Latina. The participants used both their family’s support and primary control strategies when coping with anger/anxiety. The aforementioned results suggest that the cultural context of Latinas’ lives is critical to understand when working with these youth.

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Influence of Culture on Young Latinas Resilience: A Qualitative Study

Schroeder Complex Room 112

There are currently 14.4 million Latinas in the U.S., many of which find ways to be resilient in spite of discrimination, prejudice, and anti-immigrant sentiment. Thirty Mexican American middle and high school girls (mean age = 13.4, 21.4% immigrant) were asked to discuss stress, coping and the influence of culture, gender, family, and school on well-being and goals for the future. Interviews from six focus groups (four to seven members each) were analyzed from grounded theory. Findings indicate that participants had negative experiences related to being Latina yet maintained a positive view of being Latina. The participants used both their family’s support and primary control strategies when coping with anger/anxiety. The aforementioned results suggest that the cultural context of Latinas’ lives is critical to understand when working with these youth.