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Charting Directions for Research on Immigrant Children Affected by Undocumented Status

Citation

Zayas, Luis H.; Brabeck, Kalina M.; Heffron, Laurie Cook; Dreby, Joanna; Calzada, Esther J.; Parra-Cardona, J. Rubén; Dettlaff, Alan J.; Heidbrink, Lauren; Perreira, Krista M.; & Yoshikawa, Hirokazu (2017). Charting Directions for Research on Immigrant Children Affected by Undocumented Status. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(4), 412-435. PMCID: PMC6136444

Abstract

Three groups of children from Mexico and Central America are vulnerable to effects of U.S. immigration policies: (1) foreign-born children who entered the United States with undocumented immigrant parents; (2) unaccompanied children who entered the United States alone; and (3) U.S.-born citizen-children of undocumented immigrant parents. Despite the recent demographic growth of these youth, scholarship on their strengths and challenges is under-theorized and isolated within specific disciplines. Hence, service providers, researchers, and policymakers have insufficient research to inform their efforts to support the children’s well-being. A group of scholars and service providers with expertise in immigrant children convened to establish consensus areas and identify gaps in knowledge of undocumented, unaccompanied, and citizen-children of undocumented immigrant parents. The primary goal was to establish a research agenda that increases interdisciplinary collaborations, informs clinical practice, and influences policies. This report summarizes key issues and recommendations that emerged from the meeting.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986317722971

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences

Author(s)

Zayas, Luis H.
Brabeck, Kalina M.
Heffron, Laurie Cook
Dreby, Joanna
Calzada, Esther J.
Parra-Cardona, J. Rubén
Dettlaff, Alan J.
Heidbrink, Lauren
Perreira, Krista M.
Yoshikawa, Hirokazu

PMCID

PMC6136444