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it is not difficult to understand why it is harder for Latinas to believe in the benefits of a college
Sy (2006) studied the influences that part-time work and family responsibilities had on
the academic success of first-time-in-college Hispanic female students. Family obligations often
times superseded academic responsibilities causing stress for these students. The most stressful
obligation for Hispanic females was "language brokering", or translating, for their parents or
family members. An interesting finding of this study is that Latinas who worked part-time
experienced had lower academic stress than those who did not. The conclusion drawn is that the
student who worked part-time had less time at home to language broker relieving the overall
stress. Another stress reliever for Latinos in this study is that those who were working part-time
were also contributing the family's financial situation enabling them to contribute to the family's
financial responsibilities. Hispanic females in this study were navigating between their families'
obligations and their academic responsibilities, all experiencing some sort of academic or
familial tress, but the more the Latina could choose in how they contributed to the family
obligations, the less stress they encountered.
Toews and Yazedian (2007) examined college adjustment of Hispanic females by
examining personal and interpersonal variables- self esteem, parental and peer support. The
researchers found that self esteem and peer support were critical to the success of college
adjustment for this population, while parent support was not. When compared with White
females, college adjustment was much more significant to the retention of Hispanic females.
While parent support may not play a role in the ability of Latinos to adjust to college,
family does seem to impact Latinos in both positive and negative ways when it comes to their
success in higher education. Sy and Romero (2008) studied first and second generation Hispanic
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Speed, Heather Faye. Early Predictors of Early Freshman Year Attrition in Female Hispanic Students, dissertation, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103396/m1/34/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .