Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Latino/Latinas in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Celia Jaes FalicovEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_429


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 57.5 million people in the U.S. that identified themselves as Hispanic or Latinos in 2015. Another 5.5 million were estimated to be unauthorized. Latinos accounted for 56% of the nation’s population growth from 2000 to 2010 and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be 132.8 million, about 30% of the U.S. population.

Latinos are immigrants or descendants of immigrants to the U.S. from a Spanish speaking Latin American country. Census statistics do not include Brazilians, who speak Portuguese, even though they come from Latin America. Latinos in the United States are a varied, heterogeneous population of immigrants from 19 countries diverse in geography, climate, history, politics, and cultural heritages. The percentages of the total Latino population from highest to lowest is: Mexicans (66.6%), Puerto Ricans (9.1%) Cubans (3.5%, Salvadorans (3.2%). Dominicans, (2.7%) Guatemalans (1.9%). Colombians (1.8%, Hondurans (1.2%)...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA