Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Rehabilitation Counseling

First Advisor

Dr. Jerome Fischer

Second Advisor

Dr. Bruce Reed

Third Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson


The purpose of this study is to ascertain if a relationship exists between self-efficacy and grade point average (GPA), age, gender, language proficiency, socioeconomic status, and failed grade levels during school career among Mexican-American high school students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) residing along the southwestern state of the Mexican border. Moreover, to learn if a relationship exists between motivation and the above variables. This study also observed if a relationship between motivation as measured by the Academic Self-Regulation Questionnaire (SRQ-A) (i.e., external regulation, introjected regulation, identified regulation, and intrinsic motivation) and GPA existed; it also observed the correlation between self-efficacy and motivation among Mexican-American high school students with SLD. The findings of this study were not significant for self-efficacy, motivation, and demographics. Nonetheless, there was significance among several demographic factors. No significant relationship was found on subscales of motivation and GPA. However, there was a significant relationship between self-efficacy and motivation. This study used a sample of convenience; however, the results of this study may be significant to students with the same characteristics as the ones in this study. This study contributes to the limited literature that exists on Mexican-American high school students with SLD. Implications for this study include developing strategies on self-efficacy and motivation for students with SLD. It is recommended that a manual for counselors working with students who have SLD be developed, field tested and validated. The significant findings among demographic factors may enhance counselors’ and educators’ understanding of Mexican-American students with SLD to improve their potential for a successful education, and life opportunities.


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