Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Familismo and Marianismo: First-generation Latinas Navigating the Transition from High School to College
by Rangel-Hernandez, Maria Teresa, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 164; 10816768
Abstract (Summary)

First-generation Latina students are applying to four-year universities; however, they are doing so in low numbers. Those who do apply, select community colleges and Familismo and Marianismo may be hindering them from pursuing four-year schools. Research on first-generation Latina students is replete with data collected from first year college students, but seldom do researchers study first-generation Latina high school students who may be experiencing family expectations and responsibilities limiting their college aspirations and preparation.

This study uses a qualitative participatory action research design to interview and survey first-generation Latina ninth grade students. It examined preconceptions and cultural limitations that restricted college aspirations. It also piloted a counseling program to possibly mitigate the effects of Familismo and Marianismo on their college aspirations and preparation.

Findings and recommendations indicate the need for more culturally competent counseling, hiring of more diverse personnel, and adopting Place Based Education (PBE) to the already existing American School Counseling Association (ASCA) standards. Findings from this study have potential to impact counselors and educational leaders in how best to support first-generation Latina high school students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Symcox, Linda
Commitee: Scott, James, Smith, Sonya
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational administration
Keywords: Familismo, First generation, High school, Latina, Latinas, Marianismo
Publication Number: 10816768
ISBN: 978-0-438-17954-7
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