Date of Award

Spring 5-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Marital and Family Therapy

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Abstract

The purpose of this art therapy research is to explore the experiences of Latino immigrant men to have a more cohesive understanding of their mental health needs. The study utilizes a focus group of eight Latino men. This study seeks to understand the prevalence of poor mental health in the population and the coping methods used for psychological distress. The study also intends to gain information regarding psychological stress prior to migration, during the actual migration experience, and the psychosocial and psychological challenges after migrating. In addition, the study analyzes the family influences of mental health in relation to male gender roles. Through the art, the men were able to create narratives that described their experiences as Latino male immigrants. The men spoke about the emotional difficulties of leaving their homeland. The men also discussed the loneliness and financial instability they experiences when they first arrived to the country as immigrants. The men were also able to recognize some of their strengths and accomplishment. In addition, the men emphasized the importance of God and family in establishing happiness.

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