ERIC Number: ED400498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Co-Curricular Involvement and Counseling Use among Incoming Asian and Pacific and Latino American College Students. Report No. 7-96.
Liu, William M.; Sedlacek, William E.
Latinos and Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) are increasing in numbers throughout the United States. This study reports on a survey administered to 350 APA and 119 Latino American students entering a large east coast university. Significant differences between APA and Latino students emerged: (1) APA students were less likely than Latino students to believe that they had leadership skills; (2) APA students were more open to seeking help for emotional-social concerns and were more interested in becoming involved through campus organizations than were Latino students; (3) Latino Americans were more comfortable working with others on group projects than were APA students; and (4) APA students tended to have racially similar friends and anticipated being lonely their first year in college. Some similarities across racial groups were also evident and included students who were interested in seeking counseling for problems with alcohol were likely join a fraternity or sorority. Likewise, students from both groups expected to have a difficult time adjusting to collegiate social life and were interested in counseling. Finally, results showed some racial difference on perceptions and expectations about college, such as Latino American students believing more than APA students that studying, meeting others, and budgeting time would be the easiest parts of college. Contains 50 references. Three tables present statistical analysis. (RJM)
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Asian Americans, Client Characteristics (Human Services), College Freshmen, College Students, Counseling, Counselors, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Americans, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.