Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Latinas attainment of higher education: What factors contribute to their success?
by Aldaco, Rosaevelia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 57; 1486395
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine, in-depth, experiences of Latina women who have successfully completed their Bachelor's or Master's degree. Specifically, this study explored the experience of 12 first-generation Latina college graduates who were working in a social work related field. The interview guide, developed by the researcher, asked questions about the challenges encountered by the Latins during college and the factors that contributed to their success in completing their degrees.

The two main challenges reported by Latinas, during their college attainment, were financial and academic stressors. Almost all participants reported family support as the most important factor that contributed to their success when completing their degrees. Also, almost every participant identified their mother or father as the main motivation and encouragement for attaining higher education.

The findings suggest that universities need to be aware of the importance of parental support for Latina students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molley
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Womens studies, Hispanic American studies, Higher education
Publication Number: 1486395
ISBN: 978-1-124-24317-7
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