Caring for Children in Immigrant Families: Vulnerabilities, Resilience, and Opportunities

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Feb;63(1):115-30. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2015.08.006.


Demographics indicate that pediatricians increasingly care for children in immigrant families in routine practice. Although these children may be at risk for health disparities relating to socioeconomic disadvantage and cultural or linguistic challenges, immigrant families have unique strengths and potential for resilience. Adaptive and acculturation processes concerning health and well-being can be mediated by cultural media. Pediatricians have a professional responsibility to address the medical, mental health, and social needs of immigrant families. Advocacy and research at the practice level and beyond can further explore the unique needs of this population and evidence-based strategies for health promotion.

Keywords: Advocacy; Children in immigrant families; Cultural and linguistic disparities; Health disparities; Immigrant children; Resilience; Toxic stress.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Health*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*
  • Physician's Role*
  • United States