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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MA)

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Castro, Sara


The Latino population in the United States continues to grow (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012b). Besides their significant representation in the general population, national data has shown that Latinos are at great risk for health problems that usually go unmet (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). There is little research that focuses on the effects of spirituality on their well-being. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between spirituality, purpose in life, and mental well-being of Latino college students. Data was obtained and analyzed for 184 Latino college students at a Hispanic serving University in South Texas. Linear regression analyses were conducted to examine the predictive relationship between spirituality, well-being, purpose in life as well as familismo, well-being, and purpose in life. Data showed that spirituality significantly predicted mental well-being and purpose in life for Latino college students. Ways in which mental health practitioners can use this information to develop culturally relevant interventions and consider cultural protective factors such as spirituality and familismo for Latinos will be discussed.