Although the sample size is small and the data are from one region, the results support the findings of other studies that document poor mental health among Latino farmworkers, particularly elevated rates of depressive symptoms.
The authors have developed a stress scale that takes into account current political realities that impact Latinx farmworkers. Using this scale, they found that stress from immigration policies impacts both physical and mental health of this group.
Using focus groups, the authors were able to identify factors that would make it more likely for Mexican American migrant farmworkers to access mental health care.
The article provides a coherent intersectional framework for understanding the impact of systems of oppression on Latinx communities and a model for working with the resultant ethno-racial trauma that Latinx communities suffer as a consequence. The model offers ways for community members both to resist the oppression and to heal from it.
This article introduces a section of the Journal Family Process that presents a range of articles that showcase the kinds of treatments that work for Latino families and begins to answer the questions about why certain adaptations and interventions work and why others do not.