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The effects of the cultural concepts of familismo and the good daughter dilemma on the Latina college experience

The purpose of this study was to examine the cultural concepts of familismo and the “good daughter dilemma” as they relate to the college experience of Latina students. This study included a discussion of the numerous challenges affecting Latina students that may limit their ability to graduate from college. The research questions that guided this study are as follows: 1) how do the cultural concepts of familismo and good daughter dilemma affect the college experience of a Latina college student, 2) what strategies are successful in resolving conflicts between family and college obligations, and 3) does awareness of these cultural concepts lead to more positive outcomes in the Latina college experience. The researcher selected six Latina students first in their family to attend college to be the sample for this study. The researcher collected data by interviewing the six students who self-identified with the cultural concepts of familismo and good daughter dilemma. The qualitative findings of this study indicated the six students received heavy opposition from their family to attend college. All six students practiced the strategies of negotiation and compromise that helped to resolve conflicts with family and college obligations. All six students shared that understanding the cultural concepts of familismo and good daughter dilemma helped to create a balance between their cultural expectations and the reality of attaining a college degree. Finally this researcher suggests that this study serve as a useful tool in designing programs in preparing middle school and high school Latinas for higher education.

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