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Title: The Navigation of Non–English Speaking Elderly Hispanic Immigrants through the Service System
Authors: Polar Aliaga, Brenda
Advisor: McDonald, Lynn
Department: Social Work
Keywords: non-English Speaking
older Hispanic adults
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2011
Abstract: This qualitative study examined three areas of social service provision through the experiences of non-English speaking older Hispanic immigrants. These three areas included availability and accessibility of services and culturally competent practices of service providers. The qualitative approach of phenomenology was used to interview ten participants in order to explore their experiences with service provision. An analysis of the interviews pointed to the following themes: (a) experiences with services were deeply connected to issues of immigration and adaptation; (b) language barriers were especially difficult to overcome in services; (c) the role of families as primary supports needed to be reconsidered in order to offer better quality of services; and (d) culturally competent practices needed to be reinforced at the organizational level of workers, agencies and government in order to become more effective. From these themes, recommendations and implications for social work and services for non-English speaking elderly Hispanics are detailed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29600
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