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females in college to better understand the responsibilities they have to their families. They also
studied the impact these responsibilities had on Latinas' college experiences. These
responsibilities limit some Hispanic females in their ability to establish themselves on campus as
they may need to work, full or part-time and/or commute from home to help in child rearing.
Hispanic females felt it was important to support the family financially and to assist in the raising
of younger siblings, putting their family's needs before their own. There was a sense of honor
and a need to give back to their family, but at the same time experienced conflict between home
expectations and school expectations. Attending and graduating from college would allow them
a greater opportunity to provide financially, and provide upward mobility for their family.
According to Sy and Romero:
Because Latinas are underrepresented in higher education and because a large percentage
of Latinas have parents with little or no college experience , the young women who do
enroll in 4-year programs are further at risk of experiencing conflict between the
expectations of their home and school contexts. (p.214)
The researchers also found that the lack of social capital, low expectations, low income,
misinformation and family obligations all make the chances of graduating from college very
difficult for Hispanic students, especially female Hispanic students. The family responsibilities
and expectations of Hispanic males is considerably less than that of Hispanic females. As Sy
found in an earlier study in 2006, the familial pressures Latinas experience include, "translating
for parents or other family members, spending time with family, helping around the house,
taking care of siblings and making financial contributions to the family" (p. 215). The impact of
these family obligations of Hispanic female students should not be underestimated as these
responsibilities make staying in college, much less graduating from college, a real challenge for
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