Acculturation, civic engagement, and help-seeking behaviors in the Latinx community

dc.contributor.advisorPorras Pyland, Claudia
dc.creatorSierra, Josefina
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-12T20:54:47Z
dc.date.available2019-02-12T20:54:47Z
dc.date.created2018-12
dc.date.issued1/9/2019
dc.date.submitted18-Dec
dc.date.updated2019-02-12T20:54:47Z
dc.description.abstractThis research study examined the impact of civic engagement and acculturation on the help-seeking behaviors of Latinx individuals living in the United States as well as examine civic engagement as a mediator between acculturation and help-seeking behavior. The likelihood of engaging in help-seeking behaviors is related to race and inversely related to acculturation, with White individuals and more acculturated Latinx individuals engaged in more help-seeking behaviors than less acculturated Latinx individuals (Sabina, Cuevas, & Schally, 2012b). Civic engagement entails a similar process as acculturation by forming social networks within a community and is typically less present in the Latinx community. A demographic form created by the researcher, the Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II, Civic Engagement Scale, the Digital Citizenship Scale, the researcher-created Informal Help-Seeking Questionnaire, and the Attitudes Towards Seeking Professional Psychological Help were administered through an online survey in PsychData. Ninety participants completed the survey of whom 90% identified as women and 10% identified as men. A series of regression analyses was used to analyze the hypotheses on acculturation, civic engagement, and help-seeking behaviors. Based on the results, it appeared that there is no significant positive relationship between acculturation and help-seeking behaviors for Latinx individuals. Civic engagement and acculturation did not appear to have a statistically significant positive relationship therefore, civic engagement was not shown to be a mediator in the relationship between acculturation and help-seeking behaviors. Limitations and implications for theory, research, and practice are discussed.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11274/11019
dc.subjecthelp-seeking
dc.subjectLatinx
dc.subjectcivic enagagement
dc.subjectacculturation
dc.titleAcculturation, civic engagement, and help-seeking behaviors in the Latinx community
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology and Philosophy
thesis.degree.disciplineCounseling Psychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Woman's University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Art

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