Latino Adolescent Educational Affiliation Profiles

Laura M. Gonzales, Alyson M. Cavanaugh, Laura K. Taylor, Gabriela L. Stein, Heather N. Mayton

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Supporting post-secondary access for Latino adolescents is important due to the size of the population and mixed evidence of progress. In order to better understand the college-going and school-belonging attitudes of Latinos, we used an exploratory latent profile analysis to identify the educational affiliation profiles present in a sample of Latino 7th – 10th grade students in the Southeastern U.S. In addition, we investigated how proximal peer processes (support and discrimination) functioned to differentiate membership in the educational affiliation profiles. We found that a 3-typology profile was the best fit to the data (low, moderate, and high educational affiliation) and that peer support was more likely to be associated with membership in the high profile (compared to the low profile and moderate profile), while peer discrimination was more likely to be associated with membership in the moderate profile (as compared to the high profile). Implications for conceptualizing college readiness are offered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-503
Number of pages18
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number4
Early online date31 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2017


  • college-going self-efficacy
  • discrimination
  • support
  • latent profile analysis
  • Latino adolescents


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