Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding help-seeking behavior among at-risk Latino male high school students
by Espinoza, Enrique, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 96; 1591627
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the internal and external influences on help-seeking behavior in Latino male high school students (n=22) who were academically at-risk. Participants were asked to describe how and why they sought assistance from school counselors for academic and personal concerns. The data were analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. The findings indicated various cultural and societal factors (gender roles, masculinity/machismo, face, and teachers of masculinity) that negatively influence help-seeking habits, while internal factors (positive internal strength, perceived knowledge and competence, and trusting relationships) were identified as positive influencers. These influencers related to one another and their relationship is drawn out in a model that described the experience of participants. Recommendations for future research and practice are provided for scholars and school personnel who work with this population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Brien, Jonathan
Commitee: Forrest, Laura, Kreiser, Pamela O.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: School counseling, Secondary education
Keywords: At-risk students, Help-seeking, Latino students, Masculinity, School counseling
Publication Number: 1591627
ISBN: 9781321834277
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