Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Counseling and Guidance

First Advisor

Dr. James Ikonomopoulos

Second Advisor

Dr. Javier Cavazos

Third Advisor

Dr. Karin Lewis


Interventions based on positive psychology constructs have become increasingly popular over the past two decades, necessitating validation of instruments for use with underrepresented populations (Pawelski, 2016; Vela, Lerma, & Ikonomopoulos, 2016). This study reports an evaluation of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS; Brown & Ryan, 2003) and the Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6; McCullough, Emmons, & Tsang, 2002) for use with Latina/o college students. Sample sizes used in this study are N = 207 (99 women and 104 men; 4 did not identify) for the MAAS and N = 127 (84 women and 38 men; 5 did not identify) for the GQ-6. The process of confirmatory factor analyses of these measures for use with the stated population is discussed in the current paper, as are implications for future research and counseling services.


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