Children and parents making ends meet

This project initiated a joint effort by a team of researchers from the Center for Social Work Research and the Department of Anthropology and researchers at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Working together in Monterrey, the research team developed a plan for a long-term research project to explore the household survival strategies used by poor families in Monterrey, San Antonio, and in border areas between the two metropolitan areas. A continuation of this work has recently been funded by the National Science Foundation.


Padilla, Yolanda C., Laura Lein, and Monica Cruz. (1999). Community-Based Research in Policy Planning: A Case Study-Addressing Poverty in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Journal of Community Practice, 6 (4), 1-22.

Lein, Laura and Yolanda C. Padilla. (1997). Hispanic Children on the Texas-Mexican Border. Perspectivas Sociales, 1 (1), 77-86.

Padilla, Yolanda C., et al. (1995). How Low-income Families Survive: Poverty on the Texas/Nuevo Leon border. In Wayne H. Holtzman and Reymundo Rodriguez (Editors), Proceedings of the 1995 Conference of the Texas/WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health and Psychosocial Factors in Health: Mental Health in the Mexico-Texas Border Region (pp. 37-39). Austin, TX: Hogg Foundation.

Lein, Laura, Yolanda C. Padilla, Kathryn Edin, Ron Angel, and Monica Cruz. (1994). Research on Households in Persistent Poverty: Methods, Analysis and Meaning. In Proceedings of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) 34th Annual Workshop (pp. 338-360). Austin, TX: NAWRS.

Center for Social Work Research, The University of Texas at Austin
The Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
National Science Foundation