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The Role of Motivation, Parental Support, and Peer Supportin the Academic Success of Ethnic Minority First-generation College Students

Dennis, Phinney, & Chuateco, 2005 / Journal of College Student Development / June 2005


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The role of personal motivational characteristics and environmental social supports in college outcomes was examined in a longitudinal study of 100 ethnic minority first-generation college students. Personal/career-related motivation to attend college in the fall was a positive predictor and lack of peer support was a negative predictor of college adjustment the following spring. Lack of peer support also predicted lower spring GPA.

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