The association between respect for family and adjustment in college among Latinx UNCG students : the moderating role of family emotional support

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Melissa Chacon-Villalobos (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Anne Fletcher

Abstract: There are considerable gaps in the literature on college adjustment among Latinx students with respect to the roles of respect for family values, parental emotional support, and their interaction as potential correlates of academic, social, and psychological adjustment during college. This thesis seeks to fill these gaps with a sample of 77 Latinx college students. Informed by Yosso’s (2005) community cultural wealth framework and Arnett’s (2000) theory of emerging adulthood, the study focuses on the familial capital these students bring them to the university setting. Additionally, it recognizes emerging adulthood as a developmental period during which Latinx participants are navigating achieving psychological, social, and academic competence in a university setting that supports independent functioning. Results indicated a positive relationship between parental emotional support and social adjustment. No additional main effects or interaction effects were found. Significant demographic differences in levels of college adjustment emerged for student gender, COVID-19 impact, and student living arrangement. Results have important implications for universities’ efforts to support the success of Latinx students.

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Language: English
Date: 2023
College Adjustment, Community Cultural Wealth, Emerging Adulthood, Latinx, Parental Emotional Support, Familism
Hispanic American college students
Hispanic American families
Adjustment (Psychology)

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