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Exploring perspectives of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers

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Migrant workers enter the United States to meet the agricultural labor needs of the US, seeking a better life and an escape from poverty. However, little is known about the factors that influence well-being in this population as they transition to a new society. The purpose of this study was to describe Latina/o migrant workers’ perceptions regarding the individual, communal, and contextual factors that influence their well-being. A community-based qualitative approach was taken to describe perceptions of well-being in the Latina/o migrant worker population. Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with 12 South Florida Latina/o migrant workers using a semi-structured interview guided by the Developmental Systems Theory and Prilleltensky’s conceptualization of well-being. Conventional content analysis identified five themes: children as a point of connection, a mosaic of informal support, navigating a multi-stressed life context, awareness of lack of agency, and toward the promotion of well-being. This study is one of the first explorations of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers and includes recommendations for providers, researchers, and advocates.
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Keywords: Latina/o; migrant agricultural laborers; multiculturalism; social justice; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA 2: School of Nursing & Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA

Publication date: April 3, 2018

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