Thesis Title

Lifting the Voices of Second-Generation Latinos in the Community Through Film

Graduation Date

Fall 2013

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Jennifer Myers Harrison PsyD, DAAETS, ATR-BC


The intent of this thesis grant proposal is to secure funding for an art therapy program utilizing motion picture techniques and Narrative therapy, with second- generation Hispanic youth. The group aims to support the identity process of teens whose parents emigrated from a Latin country, primarily Mexico. These adolescents, situated between Mexican and American culture, have a complex identity formation process and tend to be at-risk for delinquency and poor mental health outcomes. The group aims to increase self-esteem, self-identity and ethnic identity integration. Participants will document their experiences weekly though photo, culminating in the production of their own compelling short films to be screened in a film festival.