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et al., 1993; Solberg, 1993) have found that the barriers that most impede minority student
success include poor self-concept and an understanding of racism and the ability to cope with it
[stress management] in an academic setting. These studies informed this research through a focus
on academic self-concept as an influence in the form of personal perceptions and goals of the
The primary interest of this study was to determine the personal pathways of success for
Latino students who chose to enter a health science center for graduate study and graduated. The
research points to the idea that the most important reasons for Latino students' success are also
the most important determinants of Latino students' lack of success. This dichotomous
relationship between success and barriers informed this particular study through the focus on
influences rather than success or barriers. According to the research, family support or lack of
family support can act as a determinant of success or as a barrier; motivation or self-concept can
act as a determinant of success or as a barrier, and racism or discrimination can act as a barrier
unless successfully negotiated through high self-concept or family support, with family being
defined in a global rather than familial sense. These determinants of success, which may also be
barriers, informed the dichotomous nature of this study, alluding to the idea that individual
differences may persist.
Ultimately, it is up to the Latino students themselves to determine what are the reasons
for their success in higher education at a health science center. Can the factors that influence the
success of these particular Latino students at a health science center be categorized as family
background, cultural background, educational background, and personal perceptions or goals? Or
are the factors that influence the success of Latino students at a health science center unique?
The research (Adelman, 1999; Allen, 1999; Attiyeh, 1999; Cardoza, 1991; Carnevale & Rose,
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