Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

McAllister, Carolyn


This study presents the findings of how and to what extent immigration effects Native and Mexican-born Mexican American’s relationships with others. This study was quantitative and measured participant’s levels and qualities of interactions with others. The participants in this study were students from California State University, San Bernardino’s School of Social Work. The student population that was targeted was Native and Mexican-born Mexican Americans. The participants were contacted via email and provided with a questionnaire that measured the quality and quantity of interpersonal relationships they held with others. The original sample size consisted of 53 participants but reduced to a sample size of N=40 after incomplete or non-relevant participants were removed. Qualtrics was used to test the key variables of social ties with others, strong bonds with others, and how negative experiences affected these interactions with others. SPSS assisted in describing the findings through statistical graphs and this researcher interpreted the findings through univariate and bivariate statistics. No significant findings were found to support the hypothesis that negative immigration experiences negative affect the quality and quantity that Native and Mexico-born Mexican Americans have with others.