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Social Support at the Intersection of Minoritized Identities: An Exploration of the Ego Networks of Latinxs with Dis/abilities at one Hispanic Serving Institution

Koren, Emily (2022) Social Support at the Intersection of Minoritized Identities: An Exploration of the Ego Networks of Latinxs with Dis/abilities at one Hispanic Serving Institution. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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As a result of constantly grappling with systemic forces of oppression such as racism, ableism, and disablism Latinx students with dis/abilities may experience anxiety, loneliness, and frustration in higher education contexts. Social support has been shown to improve the health, well-being, and persistence for Latinx college students and college students with dis/abilities. The purpose of this study was to understand the social support networks of Latinx students with dis/abilities at one Hispanic Serving Institution (Robles Private University; RPU) using critical ego network analysis. Guided by DisCrit, this study prioritized intersectional ontology and sought to highlight the voices of minoritized students while considering the interaction between the individual and their historical, socioeconomic, and cultural environment.
The study revealed that Latinx students with dis/abilities have unique social support needs; they may look to faculty and staff for emotional support, especially students with mental health dis/abilities. They will likely seek support that considers their multiply minoritized identities simultaneously and explicitly recognizes their educational needs and lived experience. Study participants exhibited a high level of ethnoracial homophily; regardless of relationship category (university, family, peer), participants sought support from Latinx (and Black in Linee’s network) individuals. Moreover, collective responsibility requires a community of support, and ego network density and indirect connections may be valuable to understandings of social support. This study advocates for a collective responsibility for supporting Latinxs with dis/abilities in holistic, humanizing, decolonizing ways.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Koren, Emilyerk68@pitt.eduerk680000-0002-5393-614X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGarcia, Ginaggarcia@pitt.eduggarcia0000-0002-6706-9200
Committee MemberPatel, Leighleigh.patel@pitt.edulpatel0000-0001-8830-433X
Committee MemberRussell, Jennifer Linjrussel@pitt.edujrussel
Committee MemberVelez, Christinechristine.velez@uvm.edu0000-0002-7313-8380
Date: 13 May 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 14 March 2022
Approval Date: 13 May 2022
Submission Date: 1 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 207
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: DisCrit, Critical Disability Studies, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Social Support, Ego Network Analysis
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 16:54
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 16:54


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