Parental Deportation and Child Wellbeing: A Clinical Case Formulation

  • Kalina Brabeck Rhode Island College
  • Jodi Berger Cardoso
  • Elizabeth Capoverde


This case study addresses the impact of US immigration policies on a 12-year-old US born child whose undocumented father is deported from the US. Drawing on the fear structure model and social cognitive theories of trauma, we formulate how arrest, detention and deportation are experienced as traumatic events that affect Luis’ psychological wellbeing.