Service needs among Latino immigrant families: implications for social work practice

Soc Work. 2014 Jan;59(1):13-23. doi: 10.1093/sw/swt031.


This study sought to learn from Latino immigrant families what services they need to promote their families' well-being within a context of stringent anti-immigrant legislation. Fifty-two Latino immigrant parents participated in focus groups. Focus groups took place following the passage of Senate Bill 1070. Findings reveal five major categories of need: mental health, physical health care, education, information and support services, and community efforts. Participants' experiences as immigrants played a significant role in their narratives. The narratives reveal that families need assistance navigating systems of care, coping with discrimination and oppressive environments, strengthening ties among community members, and advocating for policy change. Social workers are called to address the needs of this community and advocate for human rights and social justice.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Arizona
  • Discrimination, Psychological
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
  • Family Health*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work / organization & administration*
  • United States