Risk and Resilience in Rural Communities: The Experiences of Immigrant Latina Mothers

Marcela Raffaelli, Steve P. Tran, Angela R. Wiley, Maria Galarza-Heras, Vanja Lazarevic

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Immigrants from Latin America are increasingly settling in rural U.S. communities that welcome them as workers but are often unprepared to address their needs and promote their well-being. Building on recent descriptive studies, we examined factors associated with individual and family well-being in a sample of 112 immigrant Latina mothers (mean age 34.5 years, 93% Mexican) who completed in-person interviews. Mothers who reported a more negative community climate reported lower levels of individual and family well-being (life satisfaction, financial well-being, and food security). Composite measures of economic and social capital were positively related to family well-being; unexpectedly, mothers with higher levels of human capital reported lower levels of life satisfaction. Discussion focuses on implications of results for future research, theory-building, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-570
Number of pages12
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Immigrants
  • Latinos
  • Protective factors
  • Resilience
  • Risk factors
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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