“I Feel Like We’re Going Backwards:” Post-Presidential Election Resilience in Latinx Community Members

  • Melissa L. Morgan Consoli University of California Santa Barbara
  • Andrés J. Consoli University of California Santa Barbara
  • Alyssa Hufana University of California Santa Barbara
  • Adriana Sanchez University of California Santa Barbara
  • Emily Unzueta University of California Santa Barbara
  • Iliana Flores University of California Santa Barbara
  • María D. Vázquez University of California Santa Barbara
  • Joshua M. Sheltzer University of California Santa Barbara
  • J. Manuel Casas University of California Santa Barbara
Keywords: 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Latinxs, Resilience

Abstract

The 2016 U.S. presidential election brought many reactions on a global scale. World leaders, national leaders, and everyday citizens experienced intense emotions on varying levels. Latinx communities in the U.S., specifically, were impacted significantly, with rhetoric about immigration and issues regarding border security (i.e., build a wall). While much about these sentiments have been reported at the journalistic level, little has been published at the research level to date: specifically, how Latinx community members reacted on an individual level, how they confronted concerns related to fear and adversities (i.e., their resilience), and what the impact may be for their future. The current study employs a community-based, qualitative approach that involved conducting semi-structured focus groups with self-identified Latinx community members in a U.S., West Coast town. Participants were asked about their emotions and reactions, as well as plans regarding the results of the election. Emergent themes included three broad categories: (1) perspectives on the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; (2) observed impacts of the U.S. presidential election, and (3) ways of dealing with the election results. Sub and tertiary thematic categories were also identified.

Published
2019-07-16
How to Cite
Morgan Consoli, M., Consoli, A., Hufana, A., Sanchez, A., Unzueta, E., Flores, I., Vázquez, M., Sheltzer, J., & Casas, J. (2019). “I Feel Like We’re Going Backwards:” Post-Presidential Election Resilience in Latinx Community Members. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 10(2), 16-33. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/jsacp/article/view/1623