115: Family and Community Processes Among Immigrant Families
Yuliana Rodriguez; Denzel Jones
- Family Therapy
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families
- Research & Theory
About the Session
Interactive Poster Sessions have a NEW LIVE INTERACTIVE approach this year to allow for more engagement between presenters and attendees. Posters listed below are included in this session. Each poster presenter will have 3 minutes to present an overview of their poster at the beginning of this session. Following all individual poster overviews, each poster presenter will move to a breakout room where attendees can have live discussions with the presenters (approximately 45 minutes). Attendees can move in and out of the breakout rooms to talk with presenters.
Posters will be available to view online beginning November 1.
Facilitator: Yuliana Rodriguez-Vongsavanh
Presider: Denzel Jones
115-01 REDF: Transnationalism as Mediator of the Association Between Identity Fluidity and Multiracial Resilience and Challenges Among Second-Generation Immigrant Multiracial Asians
Sooyeon Lee-Garland, Annamaria Csizmadia, Kevin Lyness
Asian Americans experience microaggressions, anti-Asian racism, and even physical violence. Cultural ecological theories and empirical research suggest that culture-specific behaviors including cultural socialization and ethnic-racial identity can contribute to healthy adjustment and resilience among mono-and multiracial people of color, including Asian Americans. Despite the increase in the Multiracial Asian population, their development is poorly understood. Therefore, we considered the role of identity along with transnationalism as a form of cultural socialization in promoting multiracial identity resilience among 217 second-generation immigrant Multiracial Asian adults who completed an online survey in 2019. Moderational and mediational analyses using the PROCESS macro in SPSS showed that for Multiracial Asian men only, identity fluidity mediated the association between present transnationalism, specifically, political and economic connection, and multiracial identity challenges. Our findings can inform the work of clinicians to enhance resilience among (Asian) Multiracial adults who seek professional help to resolve racial identity issues.
- * To analyze patterns of associations between transnational activities as forms of cultural socialization, multiracial identity challenges and resilience, Asian identity strength, and identity fluidity among second-generation immigrant Multiracial Asian adults
- * To examine whether identity strength or fluidity mediate associations between transnational activities and multiracial challenges and resilience?
- To compare mediational relations of identity fluidity, political and economic connection, and multiracial identity resilience and challenges between men and women
Subject Codes: identity, gender, resilience
Population Codes: Multiracial or ethnic, Asian/Pacific Islander, U.S.
Method and Approach Codes: mediation/indirect effects models, regression: linear (simple, multiple, hierarchical), quantitative methodology
115-02 FT: Undocumented or Citizen - Look at Our Family
Jacqueline Florian, Sandra Espinoza, Iman Dadras
Between 2009 and 2013 about 5.1 million children under the age of 18 lived in the U.S. with at least one undocumented parent (Capps et al., 2016). Despite 79 percent of this number being citizens, all children are not immune to the immigrant stressors that their parents may face. Both undocumented and citizen children develop fear brought upon the images seen in the media regarding separations of families that look just like them. They begin to worry about their family’s stability and may blur the lines between immigration with illegality (Rojas-Flores, 2017). To work with this population, clinicians must be aware of the cultural, sociological, and emotional impact that immigration plays on parent and children dynamics. The aim of this presentation is to assist clinicians to systemically understand the impact of immigration on families including how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased these uncertainties (Falicov et al., 2020).
- To better understand an undocumented parent’s and their child(ren)'s experiences.
- To better understand and treat symptoms of a child with at least one undocumented parent.
- To recognize family dynamics influenced by the effects of immigration.
Subject Codes: immigration, family functioning, COVID-19
Population Codes: Hispanic/Latina/o/x, documented immigrant, undocumented immigrant
Method and Approach Codes: advocacy, family therapy, systematic literature review
115-03 REDF: An Examination of the Impact of COVID-19 on Undocumented Latinx Immigrants and the Role of Family Life Education
Kaeli Flannery, Laura Ramirez Diaz, Martie Gillen, Suzanna Smith
COVID-19 first emerged in February 2019, one year after, the pandemic still continues to impact businesses, schools, families, and social structures around the globe. Latino persons face an increased risk of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death compared to their White, Black, and Asian non-Hispanic counterparts (CDC, 2021). Additionally, Latinos have a disproportionate rate of infection and deaths from COVID-19 in the majority of states (Wood, 2020). The first purpose of this paper is to examine the experiences of immigrant families from Latin America living in the U.S. during the pandemic from a systems perspective. Documented efforts of resources and assistance provided for undocumented Latinx immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as lessons learned from currently implemented programs and gaps that still exist in access to resources and care were then examined. Next, we consider the role of family life education in responding to the needs of this at-risk population.
- To examine the experiences of immigrant families from Latin America living in the U.S. during the pandemic from a systems perspective.
- Document efforts of resources and assistance provided for undocumented Latinx immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic and identify lessons learned from currently implemented programs and existing gaps.
- Consider the role of family life education in responding to the needs of undocumented Latinx immigrants, an at-risk population
Subject Codes: immigration, COVID-19, vulnerabilities
Population Codes: Hispanic/Latina/o/x, Family Life Education, low income
Method and Approach Codes: Family Life Education, best practices, systems
115-04 RT: Neighborhood, School, and Peer Qualities Related to Academic Success of Latino/a Adolescents in Immigrant Families
Hector Nolasco, Carolyn Henry, Scott Plunkett
Guided by resilience theory, we examined whether selected protective factors (neighborhood quality, academic support from teachers and peers, and school climate) were associated with academic success (motivation and grades) in Latino/a adolescents in immigrant families. Utilizing self-report data collected from high school students in California resulted in a sample of 1058 Latino students. Participants were 45.34% female with a mean age of 14.7 years. Findings indicated a significant interaction between neighborhood quality and academic motivation. Neighborhood quality and academic motivation were stronger for first-generation adolescents than for those in 2nd or 3rd generation families. Peer support was significantly associated with academic achievement for Latina adolescents, but not for Latino adolescents. Further, compared to 2nd and 3rd generation status Latina adolescents, first-generation Latina adolescents showed an inverse association between peer support and academic achievement compared to second and third-generation Latina adolescents. Implications for researchers and educators would be discussed further.
- Examine how school climate influences adolescents' academic success.
- Examine how neighborhood qualities influence adolescents' academic success.
- Examine how generational status influences adolescents' academic success.
Subject Codes: immigration, communities, education
Population Codes: Hispanic/Latina/o/x, ,
Method and Approach Codes: quantitative methodology, path analysis, resilience
115-05 RT: Applying the Family Stress Model to Parental Acculturative Stress and Latinx Youth Adjustment: A Review of the Literature
Michelle Miller, Annamaria Csizmadia
The unique challenges and stressors that occur during acculturation are often referred to as acculturative stress (AS). AS has been associated with psychosocial and mental health challenges that influence parent, child, and family functioning. Less is known about the role of parental acculturative stress (PAS) and its association to youth adjustment in Latinx families. According to the Family Stress Model (FSM), stressful life events, such as economic hardship, exerts its influence on youth development through family processes (e.g., marital and parent-child relations). Although the FSM has been used as a theoretical framework for several studies that examine Latinx PAS and youth adjustment, application of key components is limited. In this paper, we review conceptualization and operationalization of AS, research on PAS and Latinx youth adjustment, provide an overview of the FSM, and integrate the literature on PAS with the FSM to identify future directions in research and theory.
- To synthesize the literature on parental acculturative stress and Latinx youth development using the Family Stress Model
- To critically evaluate measurement and conceptualization of parental acculturative stress
- To identify directions for future research on Latinx parental acculturative stress and youth adjustment
Subject Codes: immigration, family processes, stress
Population Codes: Hispanic/Latina/o/x, U.S., intergenerational
Method and Approach Codes: review article, systematic literature review, theory [identify specific theory below]
115-06 REDF: Marital Adjustment Among First Generation Asians in the United States: Actor and Partner Influences of Marital Adjustment on Parenting Self-Efficacy
Dimple Vadgama, Kamala Ramadoss
Using the broad contextual lens to explore how transnational families thrive by employing adaptive attitudes and coping strategies, and actor-partner interdependence model, we examine the influence of husbands’ and wives’ level of marital adjustment on their perceptions of parenting self-efficacy. The strongest effects on husbands’ and wives’ perceptions of parenting self-efficacy are both spouses’ level of marital adjustment. When both spouses report higher satisfaction in marriage, they reported higher perception of parenting self-efficacy. Furthermore, analyses revealed husbands’ perceptions of parenting self-efficacy were higher than wives. These findings illustrate that first generation Asian immigrant parents demonstrate adjustments in their marital relationship post-migration resulting in spouses’ higher parenting self-efficacy.
- To demonstrate the nested nature of husbands’ and wives’ marital adjustment and its effects of their spouses’ perceptions of parenting self-efficacy.
- To analyze the effect of own Marital Adjustment (actor) and the effect of partner's Marital Adjustment (partner) on Self Efficacy.
- To examine the effect of post-migration on couples’ level of adjustment in marriage and parenting.
Subject Codes: coping, relationship quality, strengths
Population Codes: ETHNICITY, RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR CULTURAL IDENTITY (Do not select this line. Select a term from the list below.), GEOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND OR LOCATION (Do not select this line. Select a term from the list below.),
Method and Approach Codes: actor-partner interdependence model (APIM), multilevel modeling, dyadic analysis
115-08 REDF: “You're Not Welcomed Back”: Parents Experiences of Their Preschooler’s Exclusion
Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, Kate Zinsser, Jasmine Brown
Young children are being expelled from preschool at a rate that is three times the rate of students in a K-12 setting. While research has documented the detrimental and long-term outcomes for children, little research exists on how a preschoolers expulsion impacts families well-being (using programs to seek/maintain employment, continue their education) and family structure This presentation uses qualitative data from an ongoing mixed-method study that places Illinois’s family’s experiences at the forefront. Specifically, we detail how families experienced the expulsion of their young child and the supports the program provided them. Preliminary findings offer a detailed description of parents’ emotional stress caused before and after the expulsion.
- To assess families' experiences with their preschooler's expulsion and its impact on family well-being.
- To determine if and what supportive services parents received from expelling programs.
- To demonstrate the need to include the voices of families into the preschool expulsion narrative.
Subject Codes: exclusion, family processes, education
Population Codes: pre-school, early childhood education, Multiracial or ethnic
Method and Approach Codes: qualitative methodology, evaluation, mixed-methodology
115-09 REDF: Romantic Partner Communication, Familism Values, and Latinx Young Adults’ Relationship Satisfaction
Dawson Quinn, Sarah Killoren, J. Kale Monk
Certain processes between romantic partners, such as communication, are associated with relationship satisfaction. Using the Vulnerability-Stress Adaptation Model, we examined 475 Latinx young adults’ reports of negative communication by their partners was associated with relationship satisfaction. Using hierarchical regression analyses, we examined these associations and tested moderation by familism. Negative communication was associated with relationship satisfaction and familism was a marginally significant moderator. Our findings have practical implications for relationship educators and therapists. Further, expanding research on the role of familism values in Latinx young adults’ romantic relationship processes is important.
- To demonstrate how negative communication between romantic partners is associated with Latina/o/x young adults’ relationship satisfaction.
- To explore the association between familism values and Latinx young adults’ relationship satisfaction.
- To determine if the association between perceptions of negative communication from romantic partners and relationship satisfaction changes based on Latinx young adults’ endorsement of familism values.
Subject Codes: interpersonal relationships, communication, relationship quality
Population Codes: Hispanic/Latina/o/x, romantic partners,
Method and Approach Codes: quantitative methodology, regression: linear (simple, multiple, hierarchical),