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Hope, Ethnic Pride, and Academic Achievement: Positive Psychology and Latino Youth

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ABSTRACT

Previous studies have found that hope has beneficial effects in athletics, academics, physical health, and mental well being in majority populations. Given the challenges Latino youth face in the United States, ethnic identity and hope may be a powerful buffer from these negative stressors. The current study aimed to identify whether chronic levels of hope related to academic performance, whether an ethnic pride manipulation altered state hope levels, and whether there was a link between ethnic identity and chronic hope among a sample of Latino youth. Results indicated that GPA and chronic hope levels were not related, a manipulation to boost ethic pride increased state hope, and that ethnic identity was related to chronic levels of hope. The findings suggest that ethnic identity is an important contributor to hope levels.

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Yager-Elorriaga, D. , Berenson, K. & McWhirter, P. (2014). Hope, Ethnic Pride, and Academic Achievement: Positive Psychology and Latino Youth. Psychology, 5, 1206-1214. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.510133.

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