Masters Thesis

The Role of Multiple Identities and Social Support in the Selfefficacy of First-generation College Students

Latinxs and first-generation college students (FGCS) make up a considerable portion of students on college campuses. in the university system, these students face unique challenges such as more career barriers and less career knowledge, which may impact their academic persistence and self-efficacy. Despite their challenges and presence in universities, researchers understudy these populations. the aim of this thesis is to fill the gap in literature, and examine cultural identity and social support as predictors of career decision self-efficacy (CDSE) for Latinx FGCS. Data were obtained from a larger study on the experiences of FGCS. Participants for the current study were 137 Latinx FGCS. Results of the study partially supported the hypotheses. Social support predicted CDSE. More specifically, peer support, but not sibling support, predicted CDSE. Furthermore, ethnic, national, and bicultural identity did not predict CDSE. These findings suggest that social support relates to the CDSE of Latinx FGCS. Future studies should continue to investigate variables that relate to CDSE. an implication of this study is that students may benefit from a collegial campus culture, where students support each other.


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