Advisor

Hess, Robyn S.

Committee Member

Kriescher,

Committee Member

Fuller-Smith, Jennifer

Committee Member

Karlin, Nancy

Department

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Department of School Psychology, School Psychology

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2022

Extent

148 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Every day, across the United States, there are families who rely on their children to perform the essential task of facilitating communication between themselves and others who do not share their language; this process is referred to as language brokering. Eleven participants who identified as Latinx child language brokers were interviewed. The purpose of this study was to explore the stories of these youth to better understand how they came to be language brokers in their families, their perspectives on their roles within their families and their culture, and the perceived positives and challenges of this practice. From these lived experiences described in the in-depth interviews, five themes emerged including: giving back to family, perceived judgment by others, learning my culture, school response, and self-efficiency. Participants provided context and recommendations for mental health providers within the school and clinic settings relating to interactions that would be supportive to adolescents who interpret for their families. Further implications and future research are also discussed.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Martino_unco_0161D_11044.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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