This research focused on undocumented male Guatemalan migrant adolescents’ experiences and stressors in United States agriculture. Study 1 applied a phenomenological method to explore work–life experiences of Guatemalan minors (n = 10) aged 15–17 (Mage = 16.4). Findings highlighted three themes (1) “Just keep pushing forward,” (2) “It feels ugly but that’s life,” and (3) “I have to do everything on my own.” Using a separate sample, Study 2 examined the association between stressors and depressive symptoms among Guatemalan migrant adolescents (n = 28), aged 15–20 (Mage = 17.71). Results showed loneliness, social isolation, and work conditions as correlates for depressive symptoms. Findings highlighted a distinct developmental path among migrant farmworker adolescents and offered insight into their resilience and developmental threats.
- Guatemalan migrant farmworker adolescents
- depressive symptoms
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Behavioral Neuroscience