Scholar: Olga Mesina
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alan Fruzzetti
Research Topic: "Effects of Acculturation and Time on Family Bonding in Mexican-American Families"
Abstract: This study intends to add to the current body of knowledge on Mexican-Americans, regarding the most recent immigrants and second-generation immigrants, in the Reno-Sparks area. This study addresses three major questions dealing with the family's cohesion, length of time in the United States, and finally, parenting style. The first hypothesis is how do recent immigrant Mexican-American families differ from second-generation families on family structure and cohesion? The second hypothesis of this study postulates that families with more recent immigration to the United States from Mexico will report a higher cohesion than second-generation families. Lastly, the study hypothesizes that recent immigrant families may report a greater authoritarian family structure than in second-generation families.
Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: Fall 2005
Masters or Doctoral Program Update: Graduated with a Master's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in the spring of 2008. Received a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Texas Tech University in the fall of 2010.