Latina Caregivers' Perceptions of the Impact They Have on Their Employers' Families, and Changes in Their Perspectives on the 'American Family'

Susana Evelyn Moreno : Chicano Studies/Ethnic Studies, Education (minor)

Mentor: Professor Alex Saragoza, Chicano Studies

Latina domestic workers have come to form a pivotal role in the United States service sector, yet very little is known about their social, political and economic impact on society. Susana’s research seeks to find out how some Bay Area Latina domestic workers perceive their employment and their relations with their employers. Differences between these women’s cultures and that of their employers on issues such as parenting and family values will be identified and explored. The research will also investigate what actions these women take to cope with these differences. In addition, Susana’s research will also seek to find out how these women’s experiences have shaped their overall perceptions of the "American" family: what stereotypes and assumptions are created through their interactions? By providing a glimpse of these women’s experiences, Susana hopes to allow their voices to be heard.