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Juliana Nicole Dewitt

2009 Research

Abstract: The full half of the glass: Stress resiliency to thriving in minority college students from disrupted homes.

Mentor: Susan Ruby, Ph.D., Psychology

This paper presents a comprehensive review of research linking disrupted families, minority status, stress, achievement motivation, and the outcomes of college completion, and attendance. There is an abundance of literature that focuses on the stressors that students from disrupted homes endure. Moreover, there is also a growing amount research that focuses on college students and the unique forms of stress that they encounter in their day-to-day lives. Both groups of literature emphasize that the students of minority status experience the most stress from these environments. The purpose of this paper is to combine both environments with minority status to evaluate the distinctive stress that this growing culture faces. as well, as the stressors that these students face. This paper will also review the achievement motivation of these minority groups. This paper posits that a sense of higher achievement will result in higher levels of stress. The results of this finding will determine if this higher sense of achievement is detrimental or positive for the student of minority status.


13th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium May 19, 2010

University of Maryland National Research Conference and Graduate School Fair, March 11-14, 2010

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2009 Pacific NW FocoRegional Conference: Breaking Borders, Building Bridges: Creating Communities through Chicana and Chicano Studies, October 30, 2009

Howard University Visitation/Presentation,

Sept.20-22, 2009
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