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Valdez’s APA blog post examines stressors facing immigrant Latino families

December 09, 2013

A post penned by UW-Madison’s Carmen Valdez is featured on the American Psychological Association’s Psychology Benefits Society blog.

Carmen ValdezValdez, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Children, Youth and Families. Much of her work is focused on improving the psychological well-being of Latino families.

The blog post begins by stating: “When many Latino immigrant parents say, ‘I don’t understand my children!’ they are often using the statement literally and figuratively. Many Latino immigrant parents experience a break down in family communication because they only speak Spanish and their children only speak English.  The inability to communicate about day-to-day experiences, such as school and friends, and about important family conversations, often leaves family members feeling emotionally disconnected and misunderstood.”

Valdez goes on to write how this topic took center stage during a recent group therapy session she led with Latino immigrant mothers with depression.  Her blog post then examines what psychologists can do to help families affected by such stress.

After checking out the post, the Psychology Benefits Society blog then allows readers to continue the conversation by posting a comment.

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