Hispanic families receiving child welfare services may face multiple behavioral health and wellness concerns, from familial trauma and separation due to immigration issues to language barriers affecting service provision and disproportionality in the foster care system. Resources in this section are focused on family instability, changes in family structure, socioeconomic issues, and other issues that may affect the behavioral health and well-being of Hispanic families.
The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families (PDF - 1,229 KB)
Journal of Marriage and Family, 74
Presents outcomes from interviews with members of Hispanic families regarding the burden and worry of deportation on children. Hispanic children express fear related to family instability and the potential for separation.
Changes in Family Structure: The Consequences for Children's Well-Being (PDF - 477 KB)
Bachman, Coley, & Carrano (2010)
National Center for Family and Marriage Research
Investigates the connection between family structure and potential cognitive well-being and stability in children. The study examined a sample of low-income African-American and Hispanic children.
Ethnoracial Gap in Clinical Practice With Latinos
Clinical Social Work Journal, 37(4)
Explores potential linkages between racial biases in social workers and mental health treatment gaps among people of color. The article also offers training goals to reduce practitioners' racial bias and improve their estimates of phenotype, as well as recommendations for improving practice with Latinos concerning psychosocial problems related to phenotype.
Latino Child Welfare: Parents' Well-Being at the Time of Entry
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 92(3) View Abstract
Examines the impact of social support structures and community environments on the physical and mental health of Latino parents receiving child welfare services. Implications for social work practice, policy, and future research are discussed.
Mental Health Need and Service Use Among Latino Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System (PDF - 178 KB)
Dettlaff & Cardoso (2010)
Children and Youth Services Review, 32(10)
Analyzes data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being to identify the need for mental health services, mental health service use, and unmet mental health needs among Latino children of immigrants involved in child welfare, and compares those factors to those of children in U.S.-born Latino families. Findings indicate that significant differences are present, both in the need for mental health services and the use of those services
Promoting Mexican Immigrant Families' Well-Being: Learning From Parents What Is Needed to Have a Strong Family
Ayón & Villa (2013)
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 94(3)
Explores factors that Mexican immigrant parents considered necessary in order to foster the well-being of their families. The findings of the study determined that these parents were highly concerned with family norms and practices, the transmittal of Latino culture, work and education, and motivation as constructs necessary for strengthening their families.
Refugee Mental Health Bibliography
Pathways to Wellness (2013)
Compiles prominent research and literature on refugee mental health, from general information to screening and assessment processes, effective interventions and best and promising practices in therapy, clinical treatment, and culturally specific modalities.
Trauma Exposure, Mental Health, and Service Utilization Rates Among Immigrant and United States-Born Hispanic Youth: Results From the Hispanic Family Study
Bridges, de Arellano, Rheingold, Danielson, & Silcott (2010)
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(1)
Presents findings from a study indicating that Hispanic adult immigrants had fewer instances of traumatic experiences and mental illness than Hispanics born in the United States. Recommendations are offered for helping both groups increase access to mental health services.