The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of mentoring and role models on emotional distress experienced by Latino adolescents from families headed by single mothers. Additionally, this study explored the influence of ethnicity, gender, marital status and poverty level on the Latino adolescents' emotional distress related to the use of role models and mentors. The findings indicate that female adolescents are more likely than male Latino adolescents to express having emotional distress and needing psychological services to their respective mentors. Interestingly, male adolescents were found to prefer male role model by a significantly statistical difference over having a female role model. Similarly, female adolescents were found to prefer female role models. Lastly, this study found that poverty level significantly impacted whether Latino adolescents were connected to a role model. Implications for social work practice and research are discussed.
|Commitee:||Lam, Brian, Tan, Philip|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Latin American Studies|
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