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McNair Scholar 2014Evita M. Sanchez

Evita M. Sanchez is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chicano and Latino Studies. Her research interests are on understanding motivation among ethnic youth, and adolescent unhealthy relationships life impact. She plans on getting her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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My dream is to receive my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and to become a culturally competent therapist and start my own therapy practice within the Latino community.

Research project

Acculturative Stress, Self-esteem, and Emotional Well-being among Latina Adolescents

Abstract: Latina adolescents experience stressors that could contribute to higher risk for depression. Acculturative stress is the experience of adjusting to the dominant culture of one’s residing country. The relationships among acculturative stress, self-esteem, hopelessness, depression, and anxiety were examined for 24 Latina adolescents (age M=15.16) to identify potential intervention strategies to promote emotional well-being. Participants reported low levels of acculturative stress, including stressors in family relationships, discrimination, language use, and peer relationships. Participants had moderate levels of self-esteem, and low levels of depressive symptoms, hopelessness, and anxiety. Acculturative stress was not correlated with measures of emotional well-being. Adjusted for acculturative stress, a negative correlation persisted between self-esteem and depressive symptoms [rs(22) = -.77, p <.0001] and hopelessness [rs(21) = -.60, p <.0032]. Acculturative stressors experienced by Latina adolescents vary in levels and type; these occur in the context of other risk and protective factors that need more exploration. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Carolyn Garcia is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Garcia graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2004 with a Ph.D. in Nursing. Prior to this, she earned three Master’s degrees (Public Health Nursing, Maternal and Child Health, and Occupational and Environmental Health). Dr. Garcia’s research interests address stress and coping, Latino adolescent mental health promotion, and innovative data collection methods, including ecological momentary assessments via text messaging. She received the Adolescent Research Section Nurse Investigator Research Award in 2010. Dr. Garcia has been a McNair Scholar’s faculty mentor two years.