Aging and Migration: the Value of Familism for Spanish Speakers

  • Marisa CordellaEmail author
  • Sol Rojas-Lizana
Original Article


This study investigates the caregiving expectations of a group of nineteen older Spanish speakers living in Australia from the perspective of familism. Speakers participated in audio-recorded interviews about their caregiving expectations late in life and four key themes were identified: (1) tension between value of familism and the self-reliance approach encouraged in Australian society; (2) fear of burdening their “westernized” children, which resulted in shifted care expectations; (3) fear of ending up in an aged care facility; and (4) the importance of religion in coping with uncertainty about future care arrangements.


Aging Migration Familism Caregiving Spanish 



This research project was supported by the UQ, Special Studies Program in 2017. Our sincere thanks go to our Spanish-speaking older participants who made this project possible. We are grateful for their generosity of opening their homes and giving us time in community centers and churches around Brisbane. We are also thankful to the Spanish community leaders who promoted the project. Many thanks to our research assistants Claudia Vazquez and Michelle Steffens for their valuable contribution to the project.

Funding Information

This study was partially funded by the UQ, Special Studies Program in 2017.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Marisa Cordella has received a research grant for UQ, Special Studies Program in 2017.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Languages and CulturesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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