What is it about?

This article explores how a Community Based Participatory Research process enhanced the levels of resiliency and adaptation of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria.

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Why is it important?

The research project aimed to explore the relocation and acculturation process of displaced Puerto Rican families, while nurturing empowerment and increasing their levels of advocacy, resiliency, and adaptability.


The article explores how using strong cultural roots and connections, including language and food, the researcher was able to get to group to function cohesively and develop strong bonds that stretched well beyond required meetings. The families became strong advocates for themselves and other displaced families, developing resiliency by depending on each other.

Reinaldo Rojas
Central Connecticut State University

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This page is a summary of: Working with families displaced by Hurricane Maria, Social Work With Groups, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2019.1639977.
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