SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH LATINOS: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE / Trabajo Social en Práctica con la Comunidad Latina: Una Reseña Literaria

Caitlin O’Grady, Judith S. Rocha


As the Latino population in the United States increases, it is critical that social workers develop a comprehensive understanding of the needs and experiences of this population and are prepared to deliver interventions that address these needs. This literature review synthesizes the current research on both theoretical frameworks for effective practice with Latinos and examples of culturally appropriate intervention strategies. Implications for future research, as well as for social work practice and education, are discussed.

A medida que la población Latina crece en los Estados Unidos, resulta crítico para los trabajadores sociales el comprender mejor las necesidades y experiencias de esta población y estar mejor preparados para generar intervenciones adecuadas que aborden dichas necesidades. Este artículo ofrece revisión de literatura que sintetiza la actual investigación con Latinos, tanto en términos de esquemas teóricos para una intervención eficaz como en ejemplos de estrategias de intervención culturalmente apropiadas. Finalmente se discuten implicancias para futuras investigaciones, así como para la intervención en Trabajo Social y la formación de profesionales.

Palabras clave: Latinos, intervención, trabajo social, marcos teóricos, intervenciones culturalmente apropiadas

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Latinos, social work practice, theoretical frameworks, culturally appropriate interventions

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