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McNair Scholar 2010Veronica Deenanath

Veronica Deenanath is a senior at the University of Minnesota, double majoring in psychology and family social science. Her research interests focus on finance, mental health, family home environment, and the impacts these factors have on children, youth, and families. Ms. Deenanath plans on getting her Ph.D. in family social science.

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My dream is to receive a Ph.D. in the social science field and become a professor and researcher. My research interests include finance, mental health, and family home environments.

Research project

Hmong Pre-adolescents' Perceptions of Their Family Environment: A Consensual Qualitative Analysis of Family Photos

Abstract: Hmong are one of the largest immigrant groups in Minnesota and have been in the state for more than 30 years. Yet, the majority of them still face grave socio-economic challenges. Little research has been done to investigate the home environment of Hmong families. The purpose of this study is to have Hmong pre-adolescent children photograph their home environment to examine economically disadvantaged homes. Fifteen children, ages ranged from 10 to 14, participated in this study. Photovoice was used to collect the photos, phenomenological method was employed to interview the children about their photos, and consensual qualitative analysis was adopted to analyze the data. The preliminary results found four categories and ten core ideas. Categories that were found to be “typical” include physical home environment, organization of daily life, fancy versus practical, and generational and gender separation. Implications of the study and lessons learned from conducting the research are also discussed. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Zha Blong Xiong is an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Ph.D. in family social science in 2000. His research specializes in the study of parent education, adolescence, and parent-adolescent relationships in immigrant families. He has published his work in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at various national and international conferences. Dr. Xiong was the first tenured Hmong professor at the University of Minnesota and has been a McNair faculty mentor for the past seven years.