Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Science


This capstone project focuses on the different types of responsibilities that Latino immigrant families give to their adolescents and the effects it may have on them. Children play an active role in many immigrant families because of cultural traditions and immigration challenges (Fuligni & Telzer, 2012). Adolescents of immigrant parents are often involved in responsibilities such as caring for their younger siblings and cousins, cleaning, cooking, and translating for family members. Adolescents are given these duties because their parents often work multiple jobs and long hours to provide for their families. It is also important to note how difficult a transition in a new country can be for immigrant families and how this can push immigrant parents to rely on their children for help (Orellana, 2003). Children from immigrant families are brought up with responsibilities that are often challenging to handle. Over time, these responsibilities can have effects on these adolescents that can be both positive and negative. Therefore, there is a need for adolescents to receive interventions to help them navigate issues like these. I presented a three-part workshop for adolescents who come from Latino immigrant families. This workshop informed the adolescents about the potential benefits and challenges of their family responsibilities and presented some techniques for stress management. The workshop location was Alisal High School, a high school located on the East Side of Salinas, and the participants for this workshop were ninth-grade high school students ranging from ages thirteen to sixteen.