Psychology, Interamerican
Exploring the Psychological Impact of the Deportation Process on Mexican Immigrants
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López, A., Torres Fernández, I., Rodríguez, J., Cisneros, J., & Castro, J. (2020). Exploring the Psychological Impact of the Deportation Process on Mexican Immigrants. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 54(2), e1004.


The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the psychological impact of the deportation process on Mexican immigrants. This study used a phenomenological approach to analyze interviews with 10 individuals who were deported from the United States. Data analysis revealed the presence of three main categories: Deportation Trauma, Starting Over, and Emotional Scars. The first main category, The Trauma of Deportation, was divided into two sub-categories: Fear of the unknown and Feeling vulnerable. The second main category, Starting Over, was divided into three sub-categories: Feeling like a failure, Adjusting to a new life, and Unrealized dreams. The last main category, Emotional Scars, was divided into two sub-categories: Depression and Sadness. Implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are also presented.
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