Exploring perspectives of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers

Rachel Becker Herbst, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda

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Abstract

Migrant workers enter the United States to meet the agricultural labor needs of the US, seeking a better life and an escape from poverty. However, little is known about the factors that influence well-being in this population as they transition to a new society. The purpose of this study was to describe Latina/o migrant workers’ perceptions regarding the individual, communal, and contextual factors that influence their well-being. A community-based qualitative approach was taken to describe perceptions of well-being in the Latina/o migrant worker population. Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with 12 South Florida Latina/o migrant workers using a semi-structured interview guided by the Developmental Systems Theory and Prilleltensky’s conceptualization of well-being. Conventional content analysis identified five themes: children as a point of connection, a mosaic of informal support, navigating a multi-stressed life context, awareness of lack of agency, and toward the promotion of well-being. This study is one of the first explorations of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers and includes recommendations for providers, researchers, and advocates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalCounselling Psychology Quarterly
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StateAccepted/In press - Oct 16 2016

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Keywords

  • Latina/o
  • migrant agricultural laborers
  • multiculturalism
  • social justice
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Exploring perspectives of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers. / Becker Herbst, Rachel; Gonzalez-Guarda, Rosa.

In: Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 16.10.2016, p. 1-25.

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Becker Herbst, Rachel ; Gonzalez-Guarda, Rosa. / Exploring perspectives of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers. In: Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 2016 ; pp. 1-25.
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