Research Mentor(s): Ana Patricia Esqueda, Graduate Student
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 4 (2pm-2:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 13
During hardships, individuals develop distinct ways of coping and working towards helping their case. While it may not be commonly thought of as a coping mechanism, members of the Latinx community use their cultural teachings and customs to protect themselves during crises and hardships. The study being conducted investigates protective factors influenced by Latinx culture such as familism, where the needs of the family are more important and take precedence over the needs of any individual family member, and multigenerational living, when a household contains different generations living under one roof. As a qualitative research, we will conduct interviews of immigrants, first, second, and/or third-generation Latinx Michigan residents ages 18-30 who are either parents or non-parents. We will ask questions about their lives and experiences before and after the current pandemic. After the interviews, with coding and transcribing, we will analyze their responses to look at the common themes that describe how individuals survive in times of need. We expect to be able to demonstrate the influence of familism and multigenerational living on the Latinx culture and how a community protects itself.