Evaluating the Factors of Resilience in First-Generation Latinas

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  • Cultural differences between Latinos and the prevailing society influences the lives of Latinas and their families when choosing a college. Research has shown that Latinos are the largest minority group in the Unites States, and their numbers are expected to increase gradually in the upcoming years. Despite being the largest minority population, findings suggest that only a small percentage of Latinas further their educations through college and post college. Most Latinas are confronted with unexpected challenges that test their resilience. The purpose of this study was to evaluate factors of resilience among first-generation Latinas who attended a two- or four-year institution of higher education. This research study consisted of one-on-one interviews with seventeen first-generation Latinas between 26 and 39 years old who attended a two- or four- year institution of higher education. Three major findings were discovered in this research study: (a) Latinas believe that their family values motivated them to continue past all of the obstacles they encountered; (b) Latinas encountered a hectic home life where they were expected to complete household chores and duties while performing their academic studies; and (c) Latinas believed that having a coping mechanism was the most helpful support to their continued pursuit of an education.
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  • 04/16/2024
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