College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-14-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Bernadette Sanchez, PhD

Second Advisor

Jocelyn Carter, PhD


Mentoring is one avenue to support Latinx adolescents in their positive development. The current study aimed to (a) identify profiles of Latinx adolescents based on their interpersonal trust of adults, and (b) examine the roles of adult trust and stressors in the development and quality of natural mentoring relationships (NMRs). Participants were 347 Latinx adolescents who were surveyed in their 9th and 10th grades. Using cluster analysis, two adult trust profiles were identified: (a) Higher Trusting and (b) Less Trusting. Analyses demonstrated that there was a significant association between Higher Trust profiles in 9th grade and developing a new NMR and relationship quality in 10th grade. However, there were no significant associations between stressors and the formation or quality of mentoring relationships. Although there are likely other factors that contribute to the development and quality of NMRs, this study provides support that youth trust of adults influences these relationships.

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