Accompaniment in a Mexican immigrant community: Conceptualization and identification of biopsychosocial outcomes

Leticia Villarreal Sosa, Silvia Diaz, Rosalba Hernandez

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Taller de Jose (TDJ) offers accompaniment in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago, helping service participants navigate health, judicial, and social service systems. Using a community-based participatory approach, the current study conceptualizes the accompaniment service and identifies psychosocial outcomes. Focus groups with service participants and staff were conducted, using a grounded theory approach. The data provides support for a conceptual model of accompaniment based on interdisciplinary knowledge in ministry, social work, and public health; and a consideration of social context, values, and outcomes such as increased social support, knowledge of community resources, and improved self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-42
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019



  • Mexican immigrants
  • accompaniment
  • community-based research
  • social services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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