Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Elena Bastida

Second Advisor

Dr. Chad Richardson

Third Advisor

Dr. Cruz Torres


This qualitative study examined how a select group of forty Chicana and Mexican immigrant women employed as apparel production workers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley manage work and family responsibilities. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews. The interviews were conducted over a one year period in the county of Hidalgo, Texas. This study identified two processes used by women in managing work and family. Age and the timing of life events were found to have the greatest influence on the process of managing work and family responsibilities among the studied women. Ethnicity, contrary to existing explanatory models, was not found to account for any significant difference.


Copyright 1996 Maria Olivia Villarreal-Solano. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Sociology Commons