Day laborers' life satisfaction: the role of familismo, spirituality, work, health, and discrimination. Academic Article uri icon


  • Limited research exists on day laborers' mental health. This study identifies relevant factors that influence the life satisfaction of 143 predominantly undocumented Latino male day laborers. Findings demonstrated the importance of familismo, spirituality, work satisfaction, perceived health, and perceived discrimination on life satisfaction. Given the deleterious impact discrimination can have on mental health, we examined whether perceived discrimination's role on life satisfaction would be buffered by familismo, spirituality, work satisfaction, and perceived health. Among these variable, spirituality and perceived health were identified as protective factors against the role of perceived discrimination on life satisfaction. Implications for research and practice with Latino male day laborers are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol

altmetric score

  • 2.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Ojeda, L., & Pia-Watson, B.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Ojeda, Lizette||PiƱa-Watson, Brandy

publication date

  • July 2013