The Guilt of Success: Looking at Latino First-Generation College Students’ Experience of Leaving Home

Gatt & Hoffman, 2019 / Journal of Hispanic Higher Education / May 2019

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This study looked at the experiences of six participants and their feelings of guilt. The findings revealed that guilt was caused when the participants put their needs before the needs of their family and attended college. Institutions of higher education may not know or understand the importance family plays for these students and may not foster parent participation, therefore potentially increasing these feelings of guilt.