Argo Journals Article

Volume 2007

Published on:
Oct 04, 2007

Undergraduate Research in Psychology and Behavioral Science

Latina Identity, Stereotyping Concerns, and Academic Achievement

Author(s): Catalina Morillas , Jennifer Randall Crosby

Abstract:
The present study investigates the relationship between ethnic identity and academic achievement among Latinas. A sample of Latina students at a liberal arts women’s college in the Southeast completed a questionnaire focused on their academic feelings and experiences, their feelings about their ethnic identity, and their concerns about stereotypes of their group. The relationship between Latina identity and academic achievement was examined. Results demonstrated a significant negative correlation between fear of racial stereotyping and college GPA. This relationship was quite strong in Latina students, who constitute a numerically small minority on the campus. The implications of this relationship and future research directions are discussed.

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