Latino Students in New Arrival States: Factors and Services to Prevent Youth From Dropping Out

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Laura McLaughlin Gonzalez, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Latino youth are more likely than any other ethnic group to drop out of high school in the United States. Though some research has helped us understand the factors leading to dropout, very few studies have assessed Latino student’s opinions of services and factors that would help them stay in school (e.g., family, school, peers, and policies). This study presents the results of an in-depth survey of 501 Latino students in North Carolina public schools. Findings suggest that Latino youth drop out because of the difficulty of their school work, personal problems (e.g., pregnancy or problems at home), the need to work to support their family economically, and peer pressure. Students suggest improved academic and personal support in the form of tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs; improved English as a second language classes; and more Spanish-speaking staff/teachers. Recommendations for intervention and policy are suggested.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
latino, dropout, high school, academics, dropout prevention, young adult, education, student services

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