The research team would like to thank the participants for sharing their experiences and making this research possible. We would also like to thank Paloma Delgado for her support on the project as a research assistant.
LATINO IMMIGRANT FAMILIES’ SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORKS: STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS DURING A TIME OF STRINGENT IMMIGRATION LEGISlATION AND ECONOMIC INSECURITY
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 359–377, April 2013
How to Cite
Ayón, C. and Naddy, M. B. G. (2013), LATINO IMMIGRANT FAMILIES’ SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORKS: STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS DURING A TIME OF STRINGENT IMMIGRATION LEGISlATION AND ECONOMIC INSECURITY. J. Community Psychol., 41: 359–377. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21542
This research was funded by the Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program.
- Issue published online: 25 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2012
- Silberman Fund Faculty
Focus group data (N = 52) was used to examine the sources of support available to Latino immigrant families within their social network, the role support agents play, and families’ access to formal sources of advocacy within a context of anti-immigration legislation and economic precariousness. Results indicate that Latinos rely heavily on their family, friends, neighbors, and community entities for emotional, moral, instrumental, and financial support. Families are in need of formal sources of advocacy, particularly in regards to their experiences as immigrants and documentation status. Service providers have the potential to play a vital role in filling the gaps present in Latino immigrant families’ social network and linking families to much needed services and resources.