Date of Graduation

Fall 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Psychology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Charles Waehler

First Reader

Shana Pryor

Second Reader

Sarah Sanders

Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to investigate the correlational relationships between help seeking attitudes, marianismo, and mental health symptoms in a sample of Latinas. Marianismo is a Latina-specific value system based on the idea that women are to be self-sacrificing, chaste, and family oriented. Data from self-identified Latinas (N=77) were used to determine how degrees of adherence to marianista values correlate with various mental health symptoms and reported instances of professional help seeking attitudes. Results yielded a weak positive relationship between adherence to marianismo-like values and prevalence of mental health symptoms, and no relationship between adherence to marianismo-like values and prevalence of psychological help-seeking attitudes. Such findings lend themselves to further investigation of possible relationships and additional variables concerning marianismo and further implications in the field of psychology.

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