Understanding the COVID-19 Impact on Latino Families: First-of-Its-Kind Research Project on the Effects of COVID-19 on Undocumented and Mixed-Status Families in Georgia.

COVID-19 exacerbated many existing challenges faced by Latino families, such as economic hardship, food insecurity and housing instability. To understand the impact, Ser Familia partnered with Thrive Research Lab at Emory University to conduct a first-of-its-kind study with the families we serve. They looked at how Latino undocumented and mixed status immigrant families were affected by the pandemic. They focused on the mental health of parents, how parents were affected by immigration policy and potential risks for family violence due to COVID-19 related stressors.

The majority of participants in the sample were undocumented immigrants, primarily from Mexico or Central America, living in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Dekalb counties. All participants were parents, and most were women. On average, parents had 3 children, with the number children ranging fro 1 to 8. On average, participants have lived in the U.S. for 14 years.

Population: Latino, and Youth

Links to resources:

  • Watch the full webinar on Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 on Undocumented Latinx Immigrant Families w Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger.
  • Learn more about the study Examining the Psychosocial Impacts of COVID-19 on Undocumented Latinx Immigrant Families.
  • Learn more about Ser Familia
  • Learn more about Emory University
  • Learn more about Thrive Research Lab.

Date: 2021