“That day no one spoke”: Florida Puerto Ricans’ Reaction to Hurricane María

Cristalís Capielo Rosario, Roberto L. Abreu, Kirsten A. Gonzalez, Elizabeth Cardenas Bautista

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Abstract

We conducted two focus groups and four individual interviews to examine the experiences of Florida Puerto Rican adults (N = 26) with secondary exposure to the devastation caused by Hurricane María. Results from our thematic analysis yielded four major themes and eight subthemes depicting responses to Hurricane María. Four major themes emerged across participant responses: 1) Participants’ Experience with Hurricane María, 2) Participants’ Negative Reactions to Hurricane María, 3) Participants Providing Support, and 4) Resilience and Growth. We also found that Florida Puerto Ricans’ secondary stress reactions were influenced by Puerto Rico’s political status and economic crisis. Results also indicated that participants experienced vicarious posttraumatic growth not only at the individual but also at the community level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-406
Number of pages30
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

Keywords

  • Hurricane María
  • Puerto Ricans
  • posttraumatic growth
  • secondary exposure
  • secondary stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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