Community-engaged asset mapping with Latinx immigrant families of youth with disabilities

Am J Community Psychol. 2022 Sep;70(1-2):89-101. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12578. Epub 2021 Dec 28.


Asset mapping is a participatory methodology that engages community members in identifying services and settings that promote health and well-being. This study aimed to identify community assets from the perspective of Latinx immigrant families with youth with disabilities. Latinx immigrant families (n = 21) participated in the mapping, followed by a reflection session and an open forum (n = 30). The findings revealed that families identified faith-based organizations and social service agencies as some of the main assets in their communities, while they identified mental health services as the most needed. The results also showed that participants preferred to utilize services and resources that are within walking distance of their homes, provide safe spaces, treat them well, offer bilingual services, do not require documentation, and are affordable. This study has important implications for community scholars and practitioners interested in implementing asset-based methodologies that focus on participants as experts of their own realities and agents of change and that promote advocacy and empowerment actions.

Keywords: Latinx immigrants; asset mapping; disability; participatory research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants*
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans