Cultural Predictors of Academic Motivation in Hispanic College Students
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Latinos make up 16 percent of the overall U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010); however, in 2012, they only represented 9 percent of individuals obtaining a college degree (NCES, 2012). Several studies suggest that social-cultural factors (i.e. familismo, parental involvement, acculturation, etc.) play a significant role in the academic motivation and academic success of Latino students (Jeynes, 2003; Perez et al., 2009; Perna & Titus, 2005). This study explored the extent to which familismo, parental involvement, and academic motivation are related to one another. This study also explored the extent to which parental involvement and familismo predict academic motivation in a predominately Latino college student population. The results of this study suggest that familismo is a significant predictor of academic motivation, where parental involvement was not a predictor of academic motivation.