Redefining Latina/Latino immigrant well-being : a qualitative approach
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] A significant amount of research examines and defines Latina/o immigrant well-being from a Eurocentric and deficit approach that has often overlooked cultural and spiritual experiences. This analysis explored the concept of well-being among Latina/o immigrants from a strengths-based approach, and from a psychological, social, and cultural context. Latina/o immigrants (N=10) from a Midwest City participated in a qualitative study designed to better understand and define Latina/o psychological well-being. Five men and five women from different parts of Latin America participated in an in-depth interview that focused on factors Latina/o immigrants perceived to be related to their well-being. Qualitative strategies of thematic analysis were used to investigate how Latina/o immigrants conceptualized and identified wellbeing. All participants described six major components of well-being including tranquility/peace, physical heath, cohesion, employment, family, and strong spirituality. Results highlighted psychological, social, and cultural components to Latina/o immigrant well-being that traditionally have not been identified as elements of well-being. Results from the study highlight how well-being is a contextual, interconnected, collective, and holistic concept for Latina/o immigrants.
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