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Sandra Espinoza-Montes

McNair Scholar Sandra

Sandra Espinoza-Montes is currently a junior at Eastern Washington University majoring in Applied Developmental Psychology and has her minor in Spanish. Through the Ronald E. McNair Program, she will be developing a research project under the guidance of Dr. Colles, focusing on intracultural bullying between Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants. Sandra is planning on attending Indiana University to obtain her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and further her research.

McNair Factulty Research Mentor: Dr. Katherine L.N. Colles - Counseling and Psychological Services

McNair Research Title: Hermeneutical Phenomenological Analysis of Intracultural Bullying Between Mexican Americans and Mexican Immigrants

McNair Research Abstract: A growing body of research has examined acculturation conflicts among the fastest growing ethnic group, Latinx youth, in the United States (Lorenzo-Blanco, Oshri, Unger, Baezconde-Garbanati, & Soto, 2016). Research has reported acculturation conflicts in the form of bullying between Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants (Mendez, Bauman, & Guillory, 2012). Language skills and a sense of superiority are two key components that drive Mexican Americans to bully Mexican immigrants due to their lack of the English language and citizenship status (Berry, 2005; Mendez, Bauman, & Guillory, 2012). Although educational interventions for bullying are increasing, interventions for intracultural bullying between Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants are often neglected (Merrell, Gueldner, Ross, & Isava, 2008). This study will utilize hermeneutical phenomenology to investigate intracultural bullying between Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants to formulate solutions to this cultural conflict.

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