Narrative of Mexican Men in the US and the Depression They Experience as Immigrants

By: Wilma Cordova   Jessica Andrade   Aparecida De Fatima Cordeiro Dutra  

This paper discusses findings based on thirty-one Mexican men who have migrated to the US to live and work in East Texas. The men were interviewed at a labor pool and were between the ages of 25-60. Another important variable is that the men lived in the area for a period of six months or longer. A key informant was used to augment the engagement process and ensure trust. The men who shared their stories indicated that the distance from families, lack of status and power are contributing factors to the quality of mental health they experience living in the US. The ability to overcome challenges and the coping mechanisms the men generated from within themselves serves as testimony to the power of the human spirit.

Mexican Immigrants, Narratives, Depression, Mental Health, Labor pools
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Wilma Cordova

Wilma Cordova, MSW, LISW, LCSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She teaches in the graduate program and her research interests include issues of social justice. Latina/o issues and teaching techniques using mask-making. Prior to teaching Wilma had a private practice in NM where she worked with many individuals, families and groups. Wilma is very much involved in the community as a volunteer and elected official.

Jessica Andrade

Social Worker, Bethesda Health Clinic, United States
United States

Aparecida De Fatima Cordeiro Dutra

Lecturer, Stephen F. Austin State University, United States
United States