ERIC Number: EJ891052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Latino Students in New Arrival States: Factors and Services to Prevent Youth from Dropping Out
Behnke, Andrew O.; Gonzalez, Laura M.; Cox, Ronald B.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v32 n3 p385-409 Aug 2010
Latino youth are more likely than any other ethnic group to drop out of high school in the United States. Though some research has helped us understand the factors leading to dropout, very few studies have assessed Latino student's opinions of services and factors that would help them stay in school (e.g., family, school, peers, and policies). This study presents the results of an in-depth survey of 501 Latino students in North Carolina public schools. Findings suggest that Latino youth drop out because of the difficulty of their school work, personal problems (e.g., pregnancy or problems at home), the need to work to support their family economically, and peer pressure. Students suggest improved academic and personal support in the form of tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs; improved English as a second language classes; and more Spanish-speaking staff/teachers. Recommendations for intervention and policy are suggested.
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Pregnancy, After School Programs, Peer Influence, Hispanic American Students, Dropouts, Student Attitudes, Services, Surveys, Family Environment, Academic Achievement, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Tutoring, Mentors, Spanish Speaking, Bilingual Teachers, Intervention, High School Students, Prevention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina