Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez

Second Advisor

Dr. Veronica Castro

Third Advisor

Dr. Bianca Villalobos


Relocating for college is one facet of the college adjustment process that has been scarcely explored. Research suggests that relocated students report more severe depression symptoms (Reyes-Rodriguez et al., 2012), poorer social adjustment (Brooks & Dubois, 1995), and worse mental health overall (King et al., 2011) compared to nonrelocated students. This study hypothesized that relocated Latinx college students would experience more severe mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, and stress), psychosocial stress (acculturative stress, loneliness, and sense of belonging), and perceived social support than their nonrelocated counterparts. 159 underclassmen with permanent residence in a South Texas community were surveyed in a cross-sectional study. Relocators reported a stronger sense of belonging and higher perceived social support compared to nonrelocated students. These findings suggest that moving away may have some beneficial outcomes for students and can be significant for college access and success stakeholders at the secondary and higher educational levels.


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