Poster: Journey to reunification, a Phenomenological Study of the Reunification Experience in the Latinx Immigrant community

Journey to reunification, a Phenomenological Study of the Reunification Experience in the Latinx Immigrant community

 Gabrielle Rodriguez Franco

The purpose of the study is to learn about how both mother and child experience the reunification process. According to the United States Census Bureau in 2012, immigrants represent 13% of the United States population. The percentage is not a surprise given the history of immigration in the United States. The definition and experience of immigrants are a critical area for study due to the increase in population in the United States.
This study will examine the relationship of Latina mothers and their adolescent children after facing prolonged separation and possible restructuring of their family composition. The study examines the impact of the reunification process on the mother’s and adolescent’s emotional development through semi-structures interview questions. It is the hope of this researcher that through the study we would be able to acquire more information on the growing Latinx immigrant population.
With the understanding and exploration of the reunification process between the Latina immigrant mothers and their newly arrived children, it is necessary to look at the concepts of attachment, separation, and loss. Theories of attachment impress the importance of mother/child relationship to a child’s physical and psychosocial development (Bowlby, 1969; Winnicott, 1965). Knowledge of the immigration process is necessary to achieve a better understanding of the difficulties facing the immigrant population and the complicated process of reunification.
By learning about the process of reunification through their experiences, we might be able to identify where help is needed the most. Early intervention may help establish a stable and secure environment and relationship that may prevent future problems within the community. As future clinicians, it is important that we understand the struggle of the families as they go through the process of reunification to better assign and provide services.