Allison Mass

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Cohen, James A.

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Literacy Education (LTCY)


The Impact of Living in a Mixed-Status Family on K-12 Students is important because itexamines a serious issue confronting today’s schools— the experiences and needs of students living in mixed-status families, which are often not considered by educators. The significant number of students in today’s schools who are either undocumented themselves or directly impacted by a parent who is undocumented calls on teachers and administrators, regardless of their personal beliefs on immigration, to learn about the needs of these students, the challenges they face, and what can be done to help them. This is a review of the current literature pertaining to students in mixed-status families. The research from 46 different sources is presented in four major sections: psychological and physical effects, academic effects, impact from detentions and deportations, and transitioning to adulthood. Among the major findings of this review are students from mixed-status families face many personal and educational obstacles and that their needs are largely unmet by the current school system.


20 pages




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