A Study of Mexican-American Women Achieving Academic Success Despite Adversity
Date of Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Esmeralda de los Santos
Amalia M. Mondriguez
This research dealt with investigating the influences, feelings, and perceptions of 9 Mexican-American women who attained their doctorates. This study attempts to provide insight regarding the questions: (a) In what ways have current family, family of origin, school, and peers influenced the educational decisions of Mexican-American women? (b) What factors motivate Mexican-American women to seek and achieve higher education despite adversity? The purpose of this qualitative research study was to determine and understand how Mexican-American women who have experienced life stressors achieve academic success. Nine women, 3 J.D’S; 3 M.D.’S; and 3 Ph.D.'s were selected for in-depth interviewing with a semi-structured interview guide. The data revealed the following themes: The importance of independent stimulating activities, strong and supportive relationships with family and/or friends; the importance of spirituality and, above all, the persistence to persevere.
Zambrano, Rose, "A Study of Mexican-American Women Achieving Academic Success Despite Adversity" (2004). Theses & Dissertations. 123.