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Immigrant’s Personal Identity and Social Adaptation Process: Suggestions From Latino Women for Improve Actions to Achieve It

Immigrant’s Personal Identity and Social Adaptation Process: Suggestions From Latino Women for Improve Actions to Achieve It

Author(s): Angelica Ojeda-Garcia
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  • ISBN: (Ebook)  1-934502-09-X USD $40.00
  • ISBN: ( Print)  1-934502-09-X USD $70.00
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We know that families migrated maintained a deep sadness and a feeling of “lack of land”, due to the physical separation from their place of originand its roots, which together with various cultural factor, they need to learn a number of culturally appropriate skills and knowledge. That is, they should seek their socio-cultural-behavioral adaptation, which should be reflected with some degree of competitiveness and “culturallearning”. The family has an important role as the first point of contact and introduction between its inner world of the migrant and the external social world. In such a way, the present research aimed to understand the acculturation process from everyday roles and voices of those who live. This presentation is part of the work done in the service of a community of Latino Immigrants in Los Angeles’ downtown, to request made by the father of the parish that area. Method: Although you initially tried to work with intact families, it was very difficult to capture them. Then it was thought to contact and organize working groups according to the needs expressed by those who have come to seek spiritual relief in the church of the area. In this case: married women, mothers seeking reorientation and listen to men newly arrived migrants, unemployed or just emerging from prison (homeless) and adolescents at risk. It should be noted that although the group of men was formed, they did not respond to the objective of the workshopbecause theirbasic needswere notresolvedand therefore attended only looking for us we offered them work. The methodology followed was qualitative in two stages, under the theory based approach, using the creative process and the art-making as a means of intervention as it exposes a previous study. In this first phase focus groups were organized, using art-making as a means of expression for the understanding of the process of acculturation. The second interviews as a means of gathering more precise information in semi-structured interviews among workshop participants, so decide voluntarily format were made. Among the results, this research provides some of the strategies which they use migrant women, heads of families their teenage daughters, to empower their own, benefit the family as a unit and greater security in their community; adolescents also seeks to strengthen its identity through strengthened by hearing their own stories, 
as this gives them confidence to be able to openly express their bicultural learning, which depending on the context at the time expressed his hand or his Latin American roots. Hence, the work on immigrant decision, not just an active role in fulfilling the requirements of the society dominant, but also to develop an attitude of achievement, of struggle, “Yes, you can” through feed network support in the community in which they are embedded, are two way: to work your “American-Mexican dream”. 

    Angelica Ojeda-Garcia has a Degree in psychology, Master and Ph.D. in Social Psychology (by UNAM), teacher in Gestalt change for Master, and has the specialty in Brief Psychotherapy (by The Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California). She has conducted several research projects on migration, family, and community psychology. She is the author of numerous publications and director of graduate dissertations. Her research focuses on health perspective on interpersonal relationships, and in the last 8 years, has conducted fieldwork with Mexican Immigrants in the United States. She is a professor and researcher at the Department of Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.

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