Importance of religion and God in the family

1. Significance of family and kinship

In the case study, the family takes center stage in life of Perez. Remaining together for many years must have positively impacted the members’ mental and emotional health. Despite believing that their health is in the hands of God, Mr. Perez takes full responsibility for his health by visiting curandero for medicinal folk remedies and having her nurse care for him as he goes through a procedure for a pacemaker. On the other hand, his wife Perez provides spiritual, physical, and emotional care for the family. The traditional family and kinship relations that the Perez family have kept have significantly impacted the whole family’s health.

2. Importance of religion and God in the family

Religion and God hold a special place in the Perez family. From the story’s start, it is clear that religion, especially Catholic Christianity, is an essential piece of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Perez have made many mandates to pray for their family’s health and to thank God for the Healthy birth of each of their children after the complicated birth of their first child. From these statements, it is clear that religion has had a pivotal role in shaping the family’s life and is also tasked with keeping it healthy. Given that many family members live within 10miles of each other, the meetings for Sunday services and at home are welcome nourishment for the mental and emotional health of the whole family.

3. Stereotypes about Mexican Americans that were dispelled

The stereotype that Latino masculinity equals dominance and violence is the first stereotype that the Perez family dispelled. The case portrays a family bound together by friendship and religion like any other American family. Family members are said to attend church service together every Sunday, which changes the notion that Latino families are brewed in violence and gang life (Valiquette-Tessier, Sosselin, Young, & Thomassin, 2019). The second stereotype dispelled by the Perez family case study is that Hispanics are out to steal American jobs. We are told the family grew up with Mr. Perez as the sole breadwinner where he worked in a machine shop so that he could help his family back in Mexico just like Americans move to other families for opportunities. The third stereotype is that Mexican women can only do traditional work at home and are not allowed to work as professionals (Gonzalez, 2019). These stereotypes were dispelled given that Mrs. Perez once worked as a teacher’s aide, a vital profession away from traditional housekeeping chores.

4. Perez’s role in the family

Before retirement, Mrs. Perez worked as a Teacher’s aide, earning a small salary to support Mr. Perez, the sole breadwinner for a long time. After retirement, Mrs. Perez has taken up the traditional roles of any mother in a family where she is responsible for the family’s spiritual, physical, and emotional care. She takes care of spiritual matters by ensuring that the family participates in church activities and attends mass every Sunday. Mrs. Perez also takes care of the emotional and physical health of the family by providing that her home serves as the gathering place for the family, which is essential for their emotional and physical health.


Gonzalez, E. (2019). Stereotypical depictions of Latino criminality: US Latinos in the media during the MAGA campaign. Democratic Communiqué, 28(1), 46-46.

Valiquette-Tessier, S. C., Gosselin, J., Young, M., & Thomassin, K. (2019). A literature review of cultural stereotypes associated with motherhood and fatherhood. Marriage & Family Review, 55(4), 299-329.

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