Theses and Dissertations
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Frederick A. Ernst
Dr. Robert K. Dearth
Dr. Amy A. Weimer
The study was designed to examine the role of familism and gender role beliefs on Latina pursuit of a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. This study surveyed Latino/a undergraduate students at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley to determine the influence of socioeconomic status, familism and gender role beliefs on pursuit of careers in STEM. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the Pan-Hispanic Familism scale, the Attitudinal Familism scale and the Gender Role Beliefs scale. Findings revealed how major selection and pursuit of STEM is affected by students’ income level, familism, gender, and gender role beliefs. Results from this study can be applied to develop support mechanisms for Latinas pursuing a career in STEM.
Garza, Stephanie, "Examining Culture and Gender Roles in Latina Undergraduate Participation in STEM at UTRGV" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 206.
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