Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pa’delante, La Lucha Continúa: Resiliency Among Latinx College Students with Past Experiences of Bullying
by Hernandez, Yanira, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2020, 207; 28025159
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to explore how Latinx college students with past experiences of bullying describe their resilience and navigate their transition to college. Since originally theorized, bullying experiences among Latinx students have been primarily investigated through a damaged-centered framework, naturally silencing and omitting Latinx students' diverse and unique ways of being. In illustrating more nuanced manifestations of resilience, this study employs critical race theory (CRT) and Latino critical race theory (LatCrit) frameworks to deconstruct and reconstruct dominant epistemologies in the resilience and bullying literature and educational research. This study uses narrative inquiry within a critical race methodological framework and the methodological approach of testimonios. Seven testimonios are contextualized using a thematic approach within narrative analysis. The findings uncovered Latinx college students’ unique pathways of resilience that manifest as individual and collective resistance and consciousness as they redefine resilience through their own terms. The findings also highlight the short- and long-term adverse consequences of childhood and adolescence bullying victimization, specifically impacting students’ well-being in social and academic settings, thus, making the adjustment to college particularly difficult. Latinx college students also use various supportive systems for their resiliency processes and to navigate the transition to college. The findings suggest the need for culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed prevention and early intervention programs in K-12 settings and a comprehensive, multifaceted preventive approach in college campus communities to support the unique needs of Latinx college students with past experiences of bullying.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hinga, Briana
Commitee: Mora-Flores, Eugenia, Blonshine, Rebekah
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Leadership)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Childhood bullying, College transition, Critical race theory, Latino critical race theory, Latinx college students, Resilience
Publication Number: 28025159
ISBN: 9798662482296
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