Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mentoring and role models and their impact on emotional distress of Latino adolescents from families headed by single mothers
by Garriga, Mahe, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 56; 1523194
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Lam, Brian, Tan, Philip
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Latin American Studies
Publication Number: 1523194
ISBN: 9781303204838
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