Exposing the Hushed Latina Immigration Experience: The Global Reality of Refugee-like Situations in America

By Selena T. Rodgers.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Based on an original quantitative study, this paper is written to present the unique experiences of 62 self-identified, Latina immigrants in refugee-like situations (aged 22 to 84). Latino Worldview, stress-coping theory, and the model of posttraumatic growth provide the theoretical framework for this discussion. Spanish versions of instruments were used to collect data. Pearson’s product moment correlations yielded positive outcomes of posttraumatic growth in participants who left family members in countries of origin. Additionally, a negative association of posttraumatic growth with talk levels about immigration experiences was found. It is speculative that spirituality and religious resources may moderate statistically significant associations. Findings have implications for theory and practice; recommendations for policy and curriculum development are offered.

Keywords: Latinas, Refugee-like Situations, Immigration Stressors, Posttraumatic Growth

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.147-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 710.806KB).

Dr. Selena T. Rodgers

Assistant Professor, School of Health and Behavioral Sciences , Social Sciences Department, The City University of New York, Jamaica, NY, USA

Dr. Selena T. Rodgers is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at York College, School of Health and Behavioral Sciences. She teaches Social Research Methods and Social Work Practice courses. She has taught at York College, The City University of New York in the Social Work Program since 2002. She is currently the Director of Social Work Field Education. Dr. Rodgers is a contributor to a recently published book chapter titled, Our Survival, Our Strengths: Understanding the Experiences of African-American Women in Abusive Relationships. In L. Lockhart & F. Danis (2010). Domestic Violence: Intersectionality and Culturally Competent Practice. (pp. 67–99). New York: Columbia University Press. Her research interests include posttraumatic growth with immigrants, adults of African ancestry with experiences of childhood sexual abuse, and undergraduate social work students enrolled in field placement that experience vicarious trauma. Dr. Rodgers is a former Associate Vice President for Safe Horizon’s Queens Community and Criminal Justice Programs, one of the nation’s leading agency in the field of victimization. She earned a Master of Social Work from Syracuse University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work from Adelphi University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R).

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